1Samuel 11:3 “And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’ respite that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee.”

An elder is one who takes a leadership position. He is one who is experienced enough to know what to do when challenges come up. He is someone who is superior to others, either by rank or experience.

An elder is usually the last resort when issues come up. In the early church they are even equivalent of pastors. These are men who are supposed to be spiritually matured and who should chat the path for others to follow.

In order words, he is a spiritually matured Christian. One who has grown in fellowship with the Master. The intention of God for every believer is to grow and mature in the knowledge of God.

1Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”

God wants us all to grow and mature by taking in the word. God’s will is not to keep gathering groups of people who have no knowledge of his operations. He wants men and women who will know Him enough to repel demonic attacks.

In our focal scripture, we were introduced to the elders of Jabeshgilead and of course their response to the threat of Nahash. The first thing they did was to ask for time which was very good, but the problem was that, they asked for time because they don’t know what to do!

Rather than responding appropriately, they were going round the whole kingdom looking for solutions, looking for someone who can save them. They did everything but the major thing, which was to consult God on the matter.

Friend, what do you do when contrary situations confront you? Do you know enough of God and His previous acts in your life to respond appropriately? Are you matured enough to guide others?

These so called elders of Israel failed woefully.

To be continued…

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