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This morning I was reading in 1 Samuel 15:

20And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the LORD. I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” 22And Samuel said,

“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
23For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and presumption is as iniquity and
you have rejected the word of the LORD,
he has also rejected you from being king.”

24Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 

When I teach leadership I would usually emphasise the role of Saul here. He was the leader, he should have been strong, he was God appointed and anointed. Weak leaders are not highly regarded in my book. Leaders have a responsibility that goes beyond their strength to obedience to God and his commands to them. As the saying goes, “The buck stops here.”

Yet as I read today I found that I had sympathy for Saul. A weak man who felt out of his depth. He had previously shown compassion – or was it weakness and fear of man? – when those who did not readily acknowledge his kingship saw the quality of his initial actions as king (see 1 Samuel 11:12f). Now he succumbs to a form of paralysis that many leaders face when their people put pressure on them. All of his insecurities come out and the eventual result is the loss of God’s call and blessing upon his life.

My point is simply this: Support your leader rather than undermining them. They might not be all you want from a leader, they might not look like a leader to you, but they are there because God has placed them in that position.

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