The Farewell Testimony Of Samuel

Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand. 1 Samuel 12:3‭-‬4 KJV

What a life! What a challenge! What an answer! Father help us stay truthful to you that this too may be our testimony. Many of the Patriarchs had this opportunity to get the people together before their departure. Moses finished and went up the mountain. Jacob prophesied to all the children. Today, Samuel is confronting the people of his generation. In John 8:46, Jesus questioned the Jews whether they could convict him of any sin. They couldn’t. There’s something about leadership staying above board. It does not only connect you with God, It keeps the enemy at bay. Today, I was just meditating on this subject in relation to our nation. I wondered how many would have the boldness of Samuel among our political and Christian leaders. The answer of the people are significant. These are Israelites. If anything had happened, no one would humour Samuel. I like the confidence of Samuel. If you’re opportune to lead, what would be your confidence? Have you defrauded any? Would Christ do what you have done? Christopher S. Bryan in an article published in 2012, dealt with fraud deterrence in leadership. You may not be caught, but God has a record. Who are you living for?

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