Leadership & Fear

I’ve recently gone through an interesting study of 1st & 2nd Samuel. Leadership is an important feature of these two books. Saul has some very glaring weaknesses as Israel’s king. In 1Sam13 The Philistines gathered a huge army “3000 chariots and men as numberous as the sand” to attack Saul. The Israeli army fearful for their lives hid or hightailed it out of there.
With his army quickly depleting and an overwhelming force against them, what would the leader Saul do? Worried that Samuel was not going to come at the appointed time (v8, 9) he offers a burnt offering to the Lord. Honoring God is good. Yet, when Samuel does arrive he questioned Saul. Saul’s response is, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time & that the Philistines were assembling ….I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.
Saul’s fear, his inability to wait for Samuel were his undoing. Fear overcame Saul and he acted out of fear. Saul left the Lord out of the equation.
So what are we to do when fear grips us? DON’T ACT LIKE SAUL. God has always asked his leaders to not be afraid: Moses Ex 3, Joshua Jos 1, Jeremiah Jer 1. Jesus would say the same thing to us today. “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mk 5:36
Rest in God’s strength. Trust His direction, even in the face of overwhelming problems. May the Lord grant us his strength and faith!


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