Israel is about to get its first king. They had asked for it. It’s fair for us to ask, then, what kind of king? What does a Godly king look like? What is a “perfect” king?
Now the LORD had told Samuel the previous day, "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of My people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on My people in mercy and have heard their cry." (1 Samuel 9:15-16 NLT)
Remember who the leader was at this time. God was King. Samuel was God’s prophet - a spokesman who told people whatever message the LORD had for them. Samuel also served as judge, bringing the wisdom of God to the court system so the scales of justice would be balanced out. God was King. Samuel was the visible representative for God. It makes sense, then, that the new visible leader would be chosen by God. The LORD chose the king.
When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said, "That's the man I told you about! He will rule My people." (1 Samuel 9:17 NLT)
The same is true of godly leaders today. They don’t necessarily ask for the position of leadership. They receive it. When God calls us to do a ministry, lead a team, or shepherd a group of people, the direction of the calling becomes clear. The call is from God. We need to follow the leading from God. Leaders are chosen by God.
How about you? Have you seen people who try to be leaders regardless of their relationship with God? Have you seen leaders who are called by God? Can you tell the difference? Are you called by God?