There is, within this portion of the narrative, an important characteristic of spiritual leadership that was lacking in Saul: seeking guidance from the Lord. Since the goal of the spiritual leader is to lead people into a growing relationship with God, it seems obvious that such a leader would need to be in tune with God himself. The sad reality, however, is that many spiritual leaders care more about notoriety and power than they do about following God's desires for His people. That was Saul's problem: he cared too much about himself to do as the Lord the desired. That's why earlier in 1 Samuel he made a sacrifice to God because Samuel hadn't shown up. The people were getting restless, and Saul cared a lot about what the people thought. His insecurity made him unfit for leadership. If you ever find yourself under an insecure leader who doesn't seek guidance from the Lord, then find a new leader. If you're a leader who is insecure and not seeking the guidance from the Lord, then get out of leadership or change your ways. God has been known to remove such leaders from earth, and that is what happened to Saul.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.