Tame the Volcano

Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!" 1 Samuel 20:30-31

Throughout 1 Samuel 19 and 20, David and Jonathan converse about Saul. Jonathan didn't believe that his father had ill will towards David, so they devised a plan to prove to Jonathan that King Saul was ready to kill David. As the above verses point out, Saul was enraged that his son had helped David escape, even to the point of insulting his own family members. Saul even hurled his spear at his son in anger! Soon afterwards, Jonathan warned David to flee.

King Saul was a man of very intense emotions, mainly that of anger as was evidence throughout these chapters. Angry men (and women) do not lead well, and they leave a trail of hurt and confused followers. Unfortunately this applies to those in leadership in the Church as well. Perhaps you know a leader with an anger problem. Take the time to pray by name for that person. Pray that he or she will firstly recognize the problem, and take steps to curb it. The change won't appear overnight but like any problem in life, recognition that you have a problem is a great first step in overcoming it.

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