(10) Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, (11) It repententh me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments, And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. (13) And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. (14) And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen, which I hear? (15) And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. (16) Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. (22) And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
There is hardly any individual, who aspires for leadership positions, and set his mind towards failure. Both in the secular world and religious circles, the intention of every leader is to succeed. Meanwhile, success is much more than what we feel in our heart, as it has to do with a whole lot of matters, which include: following the rules and regulations of the organisation. However, in the spiritual realm, it has to do with total obedience to the directive of God.
This is where today’s topic – Leadership By Disobedience (LBD), comes in. For those who have either read management literatures, or who have gone for management training, there is what is called Management By Objectives (MBO), which centres on management’s activities towards the goals and objectives of the organisation. However, in today’s message, we want to analyse activities of two biblical individuals, who decided to follow their own mind, on the assumption of leadership. This class of people got to the positions they occupied through divine mandate, but led the followers through disobedience to God – LBD and their masters.
Saul’s Leadership of Disobedience
One of the causes of LBD is when leaders decide to jettison the wisdom of their predecessors, trying to whittle down the predecessors’ achievements, and wanting to create a totally different mind, which at times, runs contrary to the ministry/organisation’s rules and regulations. It also involves the mind of, “let me do things my own way.” This attitude of doing things in one’s way was the problem that King Saul brought upon himself and his short-lived kingship. Short-lived, not in terms of number of years, for he reigned for 42 years, but the years God had rejected him, whilst still a king. Yes, Saul was seen physically as a king, but the kingship anointing had been taken away and poured on the young David (2 Samuel 16). Saul’s rejection actually came about around two years plus of his reign. The other years were rejection years, which had no God’s blessings and anointing (1 Samuel 9-13).
Saul refused to understand that it was the anointing of God that turned him to a respected leader, and which guaranteed safety of his kingship from the hands of the enemies. Therefore, he ought to have stuck to the rules of the anointing – Obedience to God – but he decided to govern in accordance with his own set out rules. He brought about Leadership By Disobedience (LBD), rather than Leadership By Obedience (LBO). He was of the opinion that “now I am a king and I can do whatever pleases me. At least God will understand the reason I had deviated a bit from His instructions.”
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To Be Continued…