The Enduring Word commentary makes a strong suggestion as to why Samuel asked the people to go make Saul King.” As well as anyone, Samuel knew that the people were not entirely behind Saul when he was proclaimed as king in Gilgal (1 Samuel 10:24, 27). Samuel wisely sees this time of victory as a strategic opportunity to renew the kingdom at Gilgal.” The atmosphere was right. Saul has just proven his influence by the victory at Jabesh. People were now more willing to accept him as King. Baldwin says, “Unwittingly, the Ammonites provided just the opportunity Saul needed to take an initiative, and to prove himself as well to Israel at large that he could ‘save’ his people from oppressors.” Every leadership needs opportunity to be accepted. Saul had his day at Gigal. On May,2016, Jennekin Dicks published an article in Leadership HQ Magazine in Australia. It is on this subject. Leadership may be about vision, but what if no one is interested in paying attention to your pictures? Here is how he puts it. ” Let’s face it – it’s unnerving when people passively refuse to slot into the positive flow… It can be infuriating when people get stuck. You need them to move, but no matter how hard you lead, they keep digging their heels in. To make matters worse, deep down you know you’re not supposed to be phased by their reluctance. You must lead fearlessly, unfailingly, inspiring them to overcome themselves and leap to where you point. Because that is what a great leader does”. This information was not available to Saul. So Samuel seized the occasion. It might have happened to Saul, but that problem is what every leader faces. Today, we pray for wisdom for you to lead, inspire of rejection.
Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly. 1 Samuel 11:14-15 KJV