“Falsely Accused by the One Who Should Know Better”
“So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacleof the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” (1 Samuel 1:9-14)
There is no way around this one; this one is an essential part in the process of growing up. Beloved, we must learn to deal with our leaders in the Lord. By now, you probably have already experienced the painful blow of being misunderstood by a person in position of authority. I learned many years ago that after your marriage, perhaps there is no other relationship that the enemy will come against with greater force than our relationship with our spiritual leaders.
Here we see Hannah pouring out her heart in overwhelming bitterness of soul and a leader, who should know better, accused her of being a drunk. We must understand that everybody, including us, can be used by Satan to do and say the wrong thing at one point or another. We see in Matthew sixteen how Peter declared that Jesus is the Lord one minute and the other, he tries to discouraged HIM from dying on the cross; Jesus answered to Peter by saying: “Get behind Me, Satan!”
Today’s days, because of the deep crisis of spiritual fathers in the Body of Christ, the number of people wounded and even killed by friendly fire is astonishing. The Church is filled with hurting people, as is also filled with many leaders that are moving in the jealous spirit of soul; others are filled with the spirit of control or witchcraft, while yet others, are totally unconcerned for the people. Their focus is on their careers, the size of the building, the number of members, going on TV, traveling the world, speaking engagements, writing books, making big money, etc. They are in the business of making a name for themselves.
However, I must point out, that if we want to move up in our transition process we must learn to properly deal with the ugly humanity of our leaders. We must learn that even as they carry a greater responsibility, at the end of the day, they are just humans like the rest of us. On the next part of this series we will learn how to properly respond the false accusation coming from a leader.
TO BE CONTINUED…