A Dangerous Business

John McNeill was once at a church that was slandering him.

He said, “John McNeill and God have come to an understanding. Keep your hands off John McNeill!”1

“Samuel said to Saul,

‘I will not return to you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord’” (1 Samuel 15:26).

Vance Havner commented,

“Here we have the story of a king trying to call back his lost opportunity.

Saul had his Samuel,

David had his Nathan.

Ahab had his Elijah.

Herod had his John the Baptist.

"Blessed is the man who listens to his prophet, and heeds his oracle. Most of us have had a Samuel, maybe a good pastor, godly parents, a faithful wife, a loyal friend… someone through whom God would help us toward a better life.

"Thank God for them, but God pity the man who treats his Samuel as Saul treated his!

"Men trifle with those voices, and there comes a day when Samuel no longer warns us and we are left to our doom. And how many miserable Sauls today would like to call back a presence departed and hear a voice now still!”2

“Poking fun at God’s prophets is dangerous business.”3

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Reference:

  1. Road to Revival, by Vance Havner, Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, N J, Copyright 1940, pp. 69 – 70
  2. Hearts Afire, Vance Havner, pp. 75 – 76 – www.ccel.us/havner2.ch14.html
  3. Vance Havner - Road to Revival, by Vance Havner, Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, NJ, Copyright, 1940, p. 70