Overstepping the mark

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This is from 1 Samuel 13 (ESV)

8 He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. 9So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” 13And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you. For then the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.” 

One simple thought: How easy it is for leaders due to their position and the authority they carry, to overstep the mark. There is a tendency in some circles to treat pastors, leaders or men of God as if they are experts in everything. They should be honoured as should their position. They should have wisdom and grace from God. They are not experts in everything. Saul moved way beyond what God had called him to be. Beware of pride, ego, self aggrandisement and of fear of man – they can lead you into sin and your people into error.