Don’t Mess With God’s Chosen One

Don’t Mess With God’s Chosen One

 

1 Samuel 26:11: But the LORD forbid that I should kill the one he has anointed. But I’ll tell you what—we’ll take his spear and his jug of water and then get out of there.

 

“He’s such a jerk,” Josh commented to his friend Giles as they left the office room.

 

“He’s just trying to get things going,” Giles answered.

 

“But they’re all so stupid. Just because he went to Harvard doesn’t mean he knows everything.”

 

“Maybe if we support him, it’ll go better,” Giles said.

 

“Oh, so you’re on his side now?” Josh replied.

 

Criticism. Have you ever spent some time criticizing your pastor, your leaders, your teachers, your spouse, your boss? Of course you have. It’s a normal thing to do.

 

But that doesn’t make it right. In the Bible story we’re looking at today, we see David in a difficult situation with King Saul. Saul wanted to kill David. Meanwhile, David fled here and there, managing always to escape. But in this situation, David had a chance to eliminate King Saul once and for all. Strangely, David refused. Why? Because he knew God had made Saul king. To hurt Saul, much as he deserved it, would invite God’s anger.

 

Criticizing and putting down the people God has put into positions of leadership in your life is wrong. God wants you to respect and value those people, even if they do flub up now and then. What will you do next time someone criticizes your leaders?

 

Prayer: Jesus, help me to support my leaders, even when I think they’re wrong. Amen.

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