“One Year Bible” Old Testament History Passage
I Samuel 1:1-2:11
“The beauty of Israel is slain on your high high places! How the mighty have fallen.” I Samuel 1:19 (NKJV)
God is calling us to see the Church as He sees the Church. Far too often we see things as “our group” versus “their group”. We pick our favorite leaders and find fault with all others. Unfortunately, far too often, we find many things to dislike and disrespect about the conduct of some leaders today.
Just this past week, a radio teacher predicted the end of the world to take place on May 21. He was obviously in error. It is certainly proper for us to have reservations and objections to those who teach such things.
But, what, in the final analysis, should our attitude be when a leader errs such as this? David mourned. He did not gloat and think that finally Saul got what he deserved. He did not shrug with indifference. He did not feign concern to mask his secret ambitions. He mourned for the loss to Israel.
When we hear of leaders who err, we must take the attitude of David. We must see the loss from God’s perspective. In so doing we will prove ourselves to be “family men” in the Kingdom of God. As such, we can see the Church rise to new heights of care, fellowship, and effectiveness.