“How can God anoint another person when my son is available?” He forgot to ask this question when he was anointed to be the King of Israel. In fact, he was on a search mission to bring back the strayed donkeys of his father. (I Samuel 9) Saul himself was aware of his lowly status, and humble family. Yet, he could not give the same right to David. There are pastors and organizational leaders, apart from politicians who wish to make sure their children succeed to take over their positions of power, authority, and privilege. They trample the rights of others who aspire for such leadership positions.
1) Refuse God’s Sovereign Authority: It is Lord’s prerogative to appoint leaders for His people. God has not appointed us to be his counsellors. Clay cannot talk back to the potter. (I Samuel 9:10)
2) Obsession with children: In the Bible we read about fathers who were obsessed with their children and did not discipline them properly. David loved Absalom, even after his rebellion to claim the throne. (II Samuel 18:33) He wished he died in the civil war and Absalom became his successor. Priest Eli could not restrain his sons who were dishonouring the sacrifices brought to God thus dishonouring God Himself. (I Samuel 3:13)
3) False sense of superiority: Since God had chosen them and given them privileges, does not mean that they are superior beings – a privileged clan, or class or caste. They do not become greater than others, but because it was God’s grace, call, gifting and opportunity that helped to accomplish whatever they had.
4) Loving neighbour: Loving others is to give equal rights we wish, enjoy, desire, and retain. Strangely, their love is within the circle of family.
5) Privilege and legacy: Saul wanted to create a dynasty of rulers. He thought it was his privilege and Jonathan will succeed to perpetuate his legacy. God rejected Saul but chose David and granted him a dynasty; from his descendants Messiah will come.
Do I seek God’s will or try to advise God?