The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”-I Samuel 16:1-3
God rejected Saul because of his disobedience to His clear instructions. It was obvious that Samuel was broken by the turn of events in the life of Saul. It appeared Samuel’s grief lasted for a while. He must have loved king Saul rather deeply. This is evident from the question God posed to Samuel: “How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected him as king over Israel?” God was prompting Samuel that it was time to move on! It was time for Samuel to anoint someone else into the office of king.
But Samuel was gripped with fear. He responded:”How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me?”
How could Saul be reduced so quickly from a humble person who reluctantly assumed the kingship to the level of one who could easily kill the very servant of God who “made him” king? How could a person who was rather unwilling to be made king now be so enamored by the office that he would kill to maintain the position? Can you believe this?
The truth is: No one is exempt from the kind of changes Saul went through. We never know what wickedness we are capable of committing until our positions are threatened. When we disengage ourselves from the laudable values of service attached to our “lofty” positions, we make it all about us and no one else! We no longer see ourselves as ones who were appointed to serve, but rather as ones who have ascended to be served. The desire to maintain power at all costs could even cause us to “kill” without blinking an eye. We place ourselves above the law.
When we fail to anchor ourselves continually in a mentality of servant leadership, we can be quickly transformed into persons whose sole objective is self-preservation for the sake of enjoying whatever positions we occupy. May the Lord help us to understand that we are chosen to serve and not to hold unto positions to serve our own selfish ends! May our focus be on serving rather than on positions.
Prayer: Father, please help me to remember to see whatever position I occupy as a means to serve rather than to be served. May my focus not be on the “blessings” associated with the position but rather the “calling” of service that comes with it. Amen