I Samuel 3:19 (NKJV) So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD.

Samuel was one of the great men of faith and one of the great leaders in Israel’s history. He served as priest, prophet, and Israel’s last judge. Look at what the Bible says about him in the Old Testament in today’s reading V20 “All of Israel knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord”.

But Samuel was human, and he had some fatal shortcomings when it came to his family. Samuel appointed his sons as judges in his place. The problem was that his sons were not the men of character that he was. Scripture tells us they “were greedy for money, accepted bribes and perverted justice.” (I Samuel 8:1-3). The people tried to tell Samuel, but for whatever reason he had a fatal shortcoming when it came to his family.

We often develop shortcomings with regard to someone we love and want to protect. If Samuel had heard the people’s complaints with openness, he may have seen the truth before it was too late. Then he could have corrected the problem and held his sons accountable for their actions. If others around you are telling you things you don’t want to hear, maybe you should stop and evaluate carefully what’s being said.

Do you need to be honest about someone in your life: a friend, child, a family member? It’s time to be real with those that are close to you before it’s too late! The purpose of leadership is to lead others and even your family members and do the right thing, have a fantastic day.

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