A Keeper of the King
1 Samuel 26:15
“And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord.”
Making sure the king was not harmed by anyone was Abner’s primary job. Abner was the general of Saul’s army. Whenever Saul went to battle, Abner was to be by his side and make sure an enemy never had an opportunity to harm the king.
David was considered one of Saul’s fiercest enemies, not by David, but by Saul. As Saul and his men found a place of rest in a trench, David came upon them while they were sleeping and took Saul’s spear and the cruse of water that was at his side. David had every opportunity to kill him while Abner was asleep at his master’s side. Abner’s dereliction of duty should have caused him to be put to death. It was only the heart of David that kept Saul alive.
A very important truth can be found in this story for every believer. Though your pastor is not a king, it is your responsibility to be sure that you do everything in your power to keep the enemy from harming or destroying him. Who is this enemy? This enemy is Satan. Satan is out to destroy the man of God who pastors and leads you in the way the LORD would want you to go. Though your pastor is human just like you, he is still God’s anointed who deserves to have people surrounding him who care enough that Satan doesn’t do something that could cause damage to your pastor’s testimony. Let me give you a couple of things you can do to protect your pastor from the enemy.
First, realize that your pastor is a wanted person on Satan’s list. Proverbs 6:26 says, “…the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.” Though this verse is talking about the adulteress, God is emphasizing the fact that those who are busy serving Him are targeted by Satan. 1 Kings 22:31 says, “But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.” It is always the one in charge who Satan is out to destroy. Satan knows that if he can destroy the pastor that it will cause many who follow him to never serve the LORD again.
Second, pray daily for your pastor’s protection. One of the greatest things you can do for your pastor is to pray for God to protect his spirit and testimony. The two areas that pastors fight the most is that their spirit doesn’t get discouraged from disheartening circumstances of the ministry, and the daily temptations that Satan throws his way. Your pastor is very capable of falling in both of these areas, and you would be very wise to pray that God would protect Him from succumbing to the pressures of these areas. Always understand that if your pastor falls in these two areas that it could adversely affect your children.
Third, don’t be the one who is guilty of tempting your pastor in these two areas. My friend, don’t be the one who discourages your pastor by accusing him falsely of things he didn’t do, or by having a negative spirit, or refusing to get involved, or constantly being unstable in your Christian walk. Most definitely, don’t be guilty of tempting your pastor to be immoral. The worst thing you could do is to be the one who causes your pastor to fall to immorality. It is your job to protect your pastor and not to destroy him. Let me encourage you to be a good keeper of the king.