A Band of Men

And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.  But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us?  And they despised him, and brought him no presents.  But he held his peace.

I Samuel 10:26-27

These verses made me think of the way we treat authorities who have been put in our lives by God, especially pastors.  God had chosen Saul as king and Samuel had announced this to all of the people in verse 24, “see ye whom the Lord hath chosen”.  God chose Saul.  Samuel announced to the people that God had chosen Saul.  And then we arrive in verse 26.

Saul went home, but along with him went “a band of men, whose hearts God had touched”.  This band of men followed the man God had chosen to lead them.  God touched their hearts and they were willing to help Saul.  Saul wasn’t perfect and neither are any of us, our pastors included.  But they are the ones that God has chosen to lead us. 

The “band of men whose hearts God had touched” in verse 26 are set in contrast with the “children of Belial” in verse 27.  These men questioned both Saul and God.  They said “how shall this man save us?”.  Saul wasn’t going to save anybody,  God was going to save them.  It also says that they despised him.  How often have we despised someone who has been put in a position of authority over us? 

Let us look up to our pastors and preachers whom God has given us and be thankful for them.  Let us be counted with the “band of men (or women) whose hearts God had touched”.  Let us support and encourage those people God has brought into our lives to help us.

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