Saul became the king and father of the nation. But he was an insecure father. As a father, he radiated his insecure spirit upon the sons and people whom he led.
He was an impressive figure and much taller than many around him. This filled him with pride, arrogance and a self-righteous spirit. But these were only the external strengths which defined him.
Underneath the strong shoulders of this tall, impressive leader was a heart that boiled with jealousy, insecurity and fear. His insecurities were so deep, so deeply rooted in the foundations of his personality, that if he sensed any hint of greatness in others around him, he took it as a serious threat to his own position in the nation.
When David the shepherd boy began to blossom in leadership skills, the prophetic song and music of heaven, and in ruddy handsomeness, Saul gave in to rage and jealously, even throwing his spear at David!
Saul was an insecure King and father. And he took things and people into his own hands, even visiting a witch to see if he could get God to speak to him in a way that would validate his “wants and ways” to do things!!
Because of this willful disobedience and crafty operating, Saul lost the authority he was called to walk in.
“Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king,” 1 Samuel 15:23.
Saul can be seen as a representative example of what many are expressing in leadership today.
Obedience to the Word of the Lord is what establishes us as fathers/ mothers over God’s people. Rejection of God’s counsel which comes through the Word of the Lord will lead to God’s rejection of our leadership.
Saul remained in office, but was stripped of his authority.
Power can come from a position and title, but authority comes from character, obedience, rightly walking in humility and God’s anointing.
A close study of the life of Saul will reveal a pattern of a terrible, unmistakable cycle of inferiority, emotional hurt and the devastating downward spiral into disobedience to God which resulted in him losing the kingdom!
What are the ingredients of an inferiority complex?
Independence… Jealousy… Pride… Fear of man… Insecurities… Disobedience.
If we do not deal with our emotional hurts in God’s way, they will lead us to a willful independence away from God, which then produces pride.
Pride is much more concerned about what people think of us than what God thinks of us, which results in the fear of man. The fear of man ultimately leads to disobedience!
Some of the most wounded spiritual fathers and mothers are also some of the most proud and independent people.
Emotional injuries make us vulnerable to this vicious inferiority complex and no one is immune.
Will yourself to forgive!
It is giving our love and acceptance in spite of being hurt. It is very important not only to forgive the one who hurt you, but also to ask God for forgiveness for your wrong actions toward them.
Receive the embrace from the Father in heaven who loves you!
Let’s be like the ultimate humble King Jesus who modeled obedience and spoke these words;
“But I pass no judgment without consulting the Father. I judge as I am told. And my judgment is absolutely fair and just, for it is according to the will of God who sent me and is not merely my own,” John 5:30.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|