1 Chronicles 10:11-14
11 But when the people of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 their warriors went out and brought the bodies of Saul and his three sons back to Jabesh. Then they buried their remains beneath the oak tree at Jabesh, and they fasted for seven days. 13 So Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord. He failed to obey the Lord’s command, and he even consulted a medium 14 instead of asking the Lord for guidance. So the Lord killed him and turned his kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Saul was anointed by God to be the ruler of His people.  But Saul was not faithful to God. He disobeyed God and relied on his own desires and not the will of God.  But the men in this scripture are showing respect when they risked their lives to give Saul and his sons a proper burial.  David also showed Saul repsect even though God had told him that he would the ruler of God’s people.  David waited for God’s timing and showed Saul respect many times.  David could have killed Saul while he was still ruling and then taken over the kingdom.  But David waited for God’s timing out of respect for the position God had put Saul.  Even though Saul turn from God and made many mistakes, the people were still respectful of his position.

How easy it is to be critical of those in authority over us, focusing only on their weaknesses.  We cannot excuse sin, but we should always respect their position, whether at work, at church, or in our government.  God is in complete control of who He places in these positions and they will have to answer to God for errors made, but we should always show respect.  It is so easy to sit back and see only the errors made and the weaknesses they have, but this is not of God.  When we focus only what is wrong, we will not see the good.  No one is perfect and all of us make mistakes.  If we only look at what is wrong in others, we will be blind to what is wrong in us.  Always respect those in authority and focus on their strengths.  Build them up, do not tear them down.  Remember that Christ has forgiven you of your sin and yet He still chose to love you.  How can you not offer them same to others?  Don’t find your self working against what God has ordained.

Have a God Day!