One of the Christian platitudes that I find most irritating is “God will not give you than you can handle.” Try telling that to Gideon and the 300 men with him as they moved toward a battle with the entire Midian army. Try telling that to Job who, in addition to experiencing the loss of health, wealth and family, had to endure the empty and sometimes harsh words of his so-called friends.
Alex Smith is unlikely to play quarterback in the Superbowl this Sunday. What can we learn from the way that Alex has handled his transition from starter to back-up?
The prophets in Israel had the job of confronting the king to speak God’s word into his life. The “gadflies” in the church do the same. Leaders need to listen to them and not simply label them as troublemakers.
God has called us to faithfulness and to leave the results in his hands. King Saul provides an example of one who did not understand this.