I am sure you have heard the expression, “Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.”
A couple of other items stand out in this reading. First, as recorded in 1 Samuel 10:27, some find immediate rejection of the new king. He has not even done anything yet, but some object. To his credit, Saul remained silent. While others shouted, “Long live the king,” (10:24), others had already decided this king would simply not do. Such is the lesson for leaders. Some will praise while others protest. What are leaders to do? Leaders probably do best not to listen too closely to either side.
One other thing–Samuel gives us a good example of how to respond when others criticize. Notice his words in 1 Samuel 12:3. “Here I am.” (KJV) “Here I stand.” (NIV) Leaders have to know that ultimately they are accountable to God. Others may say all manner of things about you. Leaders know whether they are in or out of the will of God. If in the will of God, it is enough to say, “Here I am.”