When King Saul disobeyed the clear instructions of God, he was confronted by the prophet Samuel. Saul finally admitted that he had indeed done wrong. The reason he gave was this—“…I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.” (1 Samuel 15:24).
Saul should have feared God more than he feared his fellow man. For his cowardly lack of leadership, the Lord rejected him as king of Israel (v.26).
This should be a lesson to all who would aspire to leadership in God’s kingdom. Many people—including some leaders—think that church leaders are put into those positions to represent the people, when in fact they are supposed to be representing God.
Churches need leaders who fear God, not people.
“…We must obey God rather than men!”—Acts 5:29.