But Saul Kept Silent

They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the LORD has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people." Then the people shouted, "Long live the king!" Samuel explained to the people the regulations of the kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the LORD. Then Samuel dismissed the people, each to his own home. Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched. But some troublemakers said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent. 1 Samuel 10:23-27

No matter where you go in life, you're going to run into troublemakers. That's perhaps the Understatement of the Decade. In every setting, in every company, in every church, in every political party or movement, you'll find troublemakers.

People can become mean and vindictive, but you don't have to.
People can gossip, but you don't have to.
People can question your authority; let them.
People can slander and malign other leaders, but you don't have to.
People can despise you; there's nothing you can do about another man's heart.

Saul was still trying to find his way when these troublemakers talked badly about him. When the time was right, I'm almost certain that Saul took control of the situation, and these rabble rousers got what was coming to them.

For every slanderous word, for every gossiped rumor, for every spiteful thought, God is listening. To "them" and to us.

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