SILENCE! NO RESPONSE!
By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro
“However, some good-for-nothing people asked, 'How can this man save us?' They despised him and wouldn’t bring him presents, but he didn’t respond.”- 1 Samuel 10:27
Can you imagine, Saul was just made King. It was the desire of the people. They casted lots and Saul was chosen. The Prophet and Judge Samuel anointed him before the people. Saul became king.
However, NOT everyone was happy about it. What a surprise! I love the way it’s put here. “Some good for nothing people.” I’m not calling them that, God called them that. You know why God called them that? You see, it was not Saul who ran for office. The chapter before talks about Saul being out looking for run away donkeys that belonged to his father.
He was minding his own business, taking care of business, when the Prophet Samuel met him and his whole life was about to be turned around. He went from no position to the greatest position known to man, king of his country. I guarantee you that he had no idea and no plan to be king. But God? He had a great plan for his life.
Saul impresses me here and should impress you, too. He teaches all of us a great lesson in this very verse. “He didn’t respond.” I was having a conversation the other day with friends. I said, “My silence, in the mean things people do to me, is not to be interpreted as I’m weak, I’m wrong, or I’m stupid. It simply means I don’t respond to foolish people.” This was The King's response, too. Silence! No response. He ignored their nonsense, and by doing so, he showed great strength, self respect, and dignity. Go, Saul, go! We need to do the same with the foolish, good for nothing people around us, too. Ignore!
Imagine the audacity of those foolish people. They asked for a king, agreed to how it would be done, and in this particular case, God had handpicked this man to be king. They not only complained about him but disrespected him and didn’t adhere to the custom of that day to bring him presents. In fact, they allowed the hate, and jealously to get into their hearts by despising him. I say jealousy because they asked a question. “”Who is he?” In other words, “Why him? I’m better then him. This is a terrible attitude. And it turned into hating him. Hate in a person’s heart is a horrible and destructive emotion. The only person who gets hurt in the end is those who hate and despise others.
They could despise and hate all they wanted the fact was the man was made king, by God himself. The only way that could be reversed was for God to remove him as king. Saul, here, ignored them. To ignore doesn’t mean he agreed with their behavior. Remember, he was the king now and he ruled so he could have done anything to those people. But, he choose one of the greatest characteristics any person could possess. He chose to ignore the offense. I’m one hundred percent in favor of this attitude. In fact, I practice this, too. I allow people to say what they wish. I ignore and don’t care who acknowledges me or who