“Respecting, Honoring and Forgiving Our Leaders”
“15 But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 “Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman,[a] for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” (First Samuel 1:15-16)
We must point out that Eli, just like many of our leaders today, was no way near pleasing to the Lord with his way of leadership. I understand that nobody is perfect, but Eli did not have the favor of the Lord. As a matter of fact, later, one of the first words God gave Samuel was against Eli. It is very tempting to see our leaders’ humanity and use that as an excuse to disrespect and dishonor them. However, that will, without a doubt, block our process of growth and we may find ourselves stuck in our transition process until we learn to respect, honor and forgive our leaders, even in their humanity.
We can learn much from Hannah by the humble answer she gave Eli. She did not get offended; she did not compromise the focus of her prayer and what she was striving for and she took the time to correct Eli in his ignorance and bad judgment.
In the Bible we see an extreme case of respecting, honoring and forgiving a leader who really was way off, to the point that God removed His Spirit from him. It is the story of David in his dealings with Soul. You know the story, Soul was so jealous of David that he literally wanted to kill him. Killing David, a faithful servant to him, became the focus of his administration. Twice David had an opportunity to kill Soul and twice he refuse. Like Hannah, David responded with humility, with respect and, in the process, intended to correct Soul in his error.
I know that these are days where we are indeed in a crisis of leadership in our nation and perhaps in the whole world. However, we must not allow the mess of our leaders, their issues and their bad judgments to move us away from the Lord and from the destiny that we have in HIM. You may be facing a situation where, just like David, for the sake of your own destiny in God, you may need to run away from that leader and ministry, but in the process of running, refuse to disrespect, dishonor and fill your heart with bitterness towards that leader. God is a God of justice; He adds and removes whomever He wants and surely He will do justice for you. Only one person can stop what God wants to do in your life and that person is you! One of the easiest ways to stop our progress in God is by allowing bitterness to dwell in our hearts. Beloved, guard your hearts as you move forward in your transition.
TO BE CONTINUED…