1 Samuel 14:43 Then King Saul said to (his son) Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand; here I am, I will die.” 44 Saul said, “God do so to me and more also; you shall surely die, Jonathan!” 45 Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has accomplished this great victory in Israel? Far from it! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground; for he has worked with God today.” So the people ransomed Jonathan, and he did not die. 46 Then Saul withdrew from pursuing the Philistines; and the Philistines went to their own place.
Leaders make mistakes. That’s a fact. The problem with Saul was not so much that he messed up, but that he refused to admit it. He was not teachable. He would not reverse course and correct his mistakes when they were made known to him. Which, again, has me questioning why God appointed him king in the first place.
Lord, a good leader owns up to his/her mistakes. And as much as I bang on Saul I know I’m capable of doing the same. Give grace to all leaders dear Lord, especially leaders in your church. Give us humility and teachability to grow from our missteps. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.