Heeding God’s voice
THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Month Theme: Focus
Topic: Heeding God’s voice
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 8:1-10
1 Samuel 8:1
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
When churches are confronted with leadership crises, they suggest and elect their own pastor. Some churches kick out their pastor because he is, in their estimation, too “spiritual and rigid”, and opt for a more “liberal” man of God. They want a liberal pastor who has a way of combining worldliness with church life.
Folks prefer a leader who listens more to them than to God. They want a man they can control. They prefer a man who shirks his responsibilities by calling for a vote on every issue before the church. No man can serve two masters. It is, therefore, obvious that the servant of men cannot be the servant of God. Members of a church should be encouraged to make suggestions to their pastor but they should know and appreciate that he must pray to God before he turns to the left or to the right. If what he hears from God agrees with their suggestions, it’s encouraging.
If however, the pastor is led otherwise, members must not feel offended and grieved. Ahithophel, David’s wicked adviser, who later on joined Absalom’s revolt, hanged himself when Absalom rejected his piece of advice (2 Samuel 17:23). This is not a wise way to die.
To leave the church because your counsel was not taken is a manifestation of pride.
Pray for your leaders, that they will listen more to God than men. Pray for the grace to heed God’s voice.
“Pressure of the People” by Eastwood Anaba
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