Absolutely I had no understanding of God's plans for my life.  But I did know I'd heard his voice and understood his blessing came with instructions to which I would obey at any cost (1 Samuel 15:22).    And cost it did!   The receptivity of the Pastor with whom I'd respected, honored and submitted to on every level, initially invoked a rebuke due to the untimeliness of the notification.  I was ill-spoken of, ostracized, invited to lunch and spiritually berated due to an unwavering adherence to God's instructions.  What invoked such anger you ask?  Like the young man, God's unorthodox instructions didn't conform to the ritualism of men in the sense of a spiritual covering. 

Absolutely, we can submit to the authority of a under-shepherd and still obey God's instructions.  I believe wholeheartedly an offense is an event, however to be offended is a decision.  It's true when we're offended by another's behavior, in actuality we've seized the moment to showcase our immaturity and relinquish our right to influence in the midst of indifference.  In other words,  like David when King Saul tried to kill him , it's imperative we "touch not" God's anointed one's and "do his prophets no harm" while remaining in the will of God (Ps. 105:15 and 1 Samuel 19).  You see, I wasn't responsible for the actions or outcome of the leader, because my obedience was to Him the ultimate source of the instruction. 

In 1 Samuel 15, we see where King Saul chose to keep the Amalekite King Agag alive and took the plunder from the battle rather than destroy everything as God had commanded. But when Samuel the prophet confronted him, Saul said, “I did obey the Lord. . . . I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal” (1 Samuel 15:20–21).

Simply Unapologetically Unpolished.......