1 Samuel 15:20-21
20. And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord,
and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back
Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21. But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the
things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the
Lord your God in Gilgal.”
How did King Saul pay for this action of disobeying the Lord to listen to the voices and nagging of the people?
He lost his kingship:
1 Samuel 15:23c
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.”
Are you a drama leader or Music leader? Are you a ministry leader or a Church leader? Are you a group leader or President of a christian association? Must you listen to your members to walk against the will of God? In your desire to please your ministry members or group members, must you deliberately disobey the Lord’s instructions.
Many of us leaders are so weak in making decisions. We would still want to dance to the drumming of our members even after we have known absolutely what The Lord has said.
The Lord had said the money in ministry purse should be used to hold a film crusade or make another film, but the members are thinking differently, they agreed together that the money should be shared among members.
The Lord had said the ministry should go on a three day retreat, but the members want the leader to honor that invitation to the ministration in Maitama, Abuja. The Lord wanted the ministry to use that fat offering for the missionaries, the members are insisting it should be added to the money for the building project.
Do you realize The Lord did not say anything to the people who followed Saul to battle? It was Saul The Lord dealt with. And by raising up another god in place of The Lord God for the people of Israel, Aaron had technically lost his priesthood that very day.
Must you disobey The Lord to obey your ministry or group members? Must you displease The Lord to please your church members or association members.
As a leader of the group or ministry, hasn’t The Lord placed you at the position to give order and instructions according to the will and plans of God?
Several men and women have flagrantly disobeyed the Lord’s express instructions just to please their children. As long as their children are happy and pleased, they are OK even when they know what they are doing is absolutely against The Lord.
Therefore, many could not excel in ministry because they have placed their revered ministry or group members above the Word of God; they have sought to please their respectable members and displease The Lord God who called them and placed them as leader of their people.
Consequently, many are still physically in the leadership of their ministry, but they had been technically detached from the source of Anointing and power because they had disregarded The Lord in the process of pleasing their ministry/group members.
Likewise, many mothers and fathers had placed the feet of their children in a wrong direction in life, because they have chosen to place them above the Word of God and dishonor God in the process of honoring God.
But how can you be a leader without steeping on your members’ toes once in a while? How can you be a Godly leader without having boldness to rebuke their errors and correct their mistakes? In order to lead well and finish well, we must continually be on the Lord’s side, even if we would be the only one on The Lord’s side.
When Moses saw that everyone of the people had danced before the golden calf, he shouted aloud:
then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said,
“Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” And all the sons of
Levi gathered themselves together to him.
At times, in our ministries, when everyone tends to be going in the wrong direction and we are beginning to feel we are alone in the centre of The Lord’s will, instead of following the crowd, we should learn to declare like Moses: “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me!”
Because, when the chips are down, and the day is dawn, when the verdict of The Lord would come on that disobedience, it is the leader who bowed to the pressure of the people, that will face the loudest music first. So, one of the secrets of experiencing Great Manifestations of the miracles of God is to stand strong on the Lord’s side.
Source: Evang. Mike Bamiloye