But some scoundrels said “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gift. But Saul kept silent. I Sam 10:27.
When the Israelites demanded for a king that would lead them like other nations, God instructed Prophet Samuel to anoint Saul as ruler over the nation. Not everyone was happy with the appointment though. Some rascals that didn’t believe Saul was good enough for the top job, they despised him and brought him no gift. In the process of time, God vindicated the man He chose and silenced the rascals. It happened that when Israel was called to rescue their ally that the Spirit of God came upon Saul who fought and won the battle. Subsequently, he gained fame such that his supporters called for annihilation of the doubters. 1 Sam. 11:6-13.
The Scoundrels described in the above text of the scriptures ignorantly tread on dangerous ground. They were unaware of the events that led to Saul’s appointment but were quick to undermine Samuel’s integrity, thereby dishonouring God. Such is the fate of any follower that would resist God’s anointed without cogent reasons. On the other hand, Saul reaction was very prudent. He was sensible enough to understand moments when eloquence and words of mouth are insufficient to earn the confidence of followers. He kept quiet until his works resonated for Israel to see and know that truly, he was appointed by God.
I encourage leaders to manage their expectations of followers. Murmuring is almost unavoidable in a diversified environment because everyone may not reason alike unless by the help of the Holy Spirit. Leaders whose authority or capabilities are in contention are admonished not to fear but to cry to the Lord that appoints then for vindication because “those (whom) God predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified”. Rom. 8:30.
He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Isa. 50:8.