PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Apr
13

Leadership that Refreshes the People of God

Aaron Cordeiro

Scripture
"Now the men of Israel were hard pressed on that day, for Saul had put the people under oath, saying "Cursed be the man who eats food before evening and until I have avenged myself on my enemies." So none of the people tasted food." (1 Samuel 14:24)
Observation
The scriptures calls Saul's order a foolish one that brought about many evil ramifications. The people felt disenfranchised, weary, wrestled with greed, were not able to fight at full capacity, and greed set in craving the minimal spoils they acquired from the small victories because they were so tired. It says that the men rushed upon the spoils and were hungry they slew sheep, oxen, and calves and ate them with the blood. This was a sin against the Lord and very unclean.

All of these ramifications because came about because of a leaders foolish oath. Saul set this oath in motion because he wanted vengeance upon his enemies. Saul had a personal agenda that was tearing the moral of his people to pieces.
Application
This really makes me think about what's on my agenda, what I set my heart and purpose to, and does it include the people of God or just myself. I am challenged this morning to wrestle through my oaths more, and before I give marching orders make sure it is filtered through the righteousness of God. As a leader this also makes me think about the whole well being of those under my care. I know that there are tasks to accomplish together and victories to be won but never at the expense of peoples character, moral, and integrity.
Prayer
Dear Lord,
I am grateful for this crucial lesson leading people according to Your ways. I pray that Your grace would be upon our New Hope Churches and we grow together and do life together. I pray for a spirit of unity and times of refreshing to all those who are weary. Amen!

Devotions for April 13

1 Samuel 14
1 Chronicles 4
2 Corinthians 13

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