Blind Spots

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel. – Proverbs 27:9

Blind Spots

Samuel was one of the great men of faith and one of the great leaders in Israel’s history. He served as priest, prophet, and Israel’s last judge. Look at what the Bible says about him. “As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said was wise and helpful. All the people of Israel from one end of the land to the other knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 3:19-20)

But Samuel was human, and he had blind spots. Samuel appointed his sons as judges in his place. The problem was that his sons were not the men of character that he was. Scripture tells us they “were greedy for money, accepted bribes and perverted justice.” The people tried to tell Samuel, but for whatever reason he had a blind spot when it came to his family.

We often develop blind spots with regard to someone we love and want to protect. If Samuel had heard the people’s complaints with openness, he may have seen the truth before it was too late. Then he could have corrected the problem and held his sons accountable for their actions. If others around you are telling you things you don’t want to hear, maybe you should stop and evaluate carefully what’s being said.

Do you need to be honest about someone in your life: a friend, child, or maybe a family member? Perhaps it is time to take your blinders off?

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn



  1. amy zirkle January 7, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    IT was Elis sons that were corrupt was it not and Samuel who confronted?

    • dee January 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      hey Amy, I was pretty sure you were right, but I looked it up just in case there was also something mentioned about Samuel’s sons or family that I didn’t remember- All that I could find about anything pertaining to Samuel’s last days (which is when they passed down the blessing to the sons) and/or death was- 1 Sam 25:1 – which mentions nothing about disobedient sons.
      On the other hand, of Eli’s sons were killed because they were using their positions as priests to steal from the Lord and to lay with the women who came to worship. (1 Sam 2-4) Eli knew about it, but all he did was have a “little chat” with them, instead of refusing to let them serve in the temple. Eli knew what would happen to them (because he knew what happened to Aaron’s sons) but he didn’t have the guts to do the right thing and bar them from service in the temple.

    • dee January 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      oh- here’s what they must be talking about- 1 Sam 8- 1-5- “…he appointed his sons judges over Israel… His sons, however did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.”
      Samuel did have a blind spot when it came to his sons- he appointed them as judges despite the fact that their greed and dishonesty were evident to every elder in Israel. Either he chose to “overlook” their sins or he chose to deliberately shut his eyes to their sins so he could appoint them as judges.

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