But some troublemakers said, “How can this fellow [Saul] save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent. — 1 Samuel 10:27
Thoughts on Today’s Verse….
Some folks didn’t want Saul to serve them as King because of his simple background and non-aristocratic family history. So often, we tend to do the same thing today — label people and discount their ability to lead God’s people or serve in God’s Kingdom because of their heritage or past. God, however, doesn’t look at a person’s pedigree. He searches the heart. So, dear leader, please stick close to the Lord, because you will be criticized. But please, don’t react to every little criticism; instead, devote yourself to serving the LORD boldly. And to those who follow, do not be quick to dismiss someone as God’s leader because she or he lacks some noble pedigree. Remember the vast variety of people God used in the stories we find in the Bible. Trust that he will be just as creative in his choice of people to lead in our day.
Dear God, please forgive me for the times I doubted your selection of leaders. Please give me, along with my congregation, the ability to discern who your leaders are in our midst. Please give them the courage to lead unselfishly and faithfully. In Jesus’ name. Amen.