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Worship Jesus Ministries Trust Presents
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Friday, Jul 22, 2022


1 Samuel 1:8  Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"

My conundrum is why did Elkanah not shut the mouth of Peninnah?  He was able to go and tell Hannah “(darling )Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"(1 Samuel 1:8) but he did not have the guts to go and tell Peninnah to shut up. He allowed the dog to bark! Ah, Elkanah was spineless coward! Anywhere be it at: home, business, school , college or church, where there are no strong, strict leaders, in such cases  “Alas, Leadership is unseen, spokespersons are numerous and signals are confusing, net result is chaos.”

Very sad, such systems would collapse one day! Elkanah on the outside looked like a kind man, gentle, very non-interfering, went to the House of God dutifully with his wives; yet, he lacked courage to confront the issue.  Did you get me? In our Abide School that we run for the poor children, I had to not only deal with disobedient and rebellious children but also at times parents and teachers too.  If I remained silent, hesitant about approaching a teacher who comes late every day then eventually everybody would come late.  So I had to put my foot down, speak strongly, close the main gate at a particular time, hang around the school gate like a police dog so that I bring discipline in the school and be efficacious in my work.

People may call you an authoritarian, say you are harsh, get  offended, hurt and upset with you; however, not everyone will comply with orders, there would be rebellious ones that would resist, you should be ready to face it, this requires determination, grit and consistency.  Now our Abide School has very few late comers among students but all our teachers are prompt and punctual.   Hallelujah!

We need strong leaders, pastors, fathers, mothers, teachers who would keep the house in order!



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