A New King
Lord, whatever influence You give me, may I use it for the sake of Your Gospel and the good of Your people.
2 Samuel 5:1-12
What is the benefit to those under trustworthy leadership?
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of R.J.R Nabisco is a famous business book on what was then the largest takeover in corporate history. The book highlights the egos and greed as different parties brutally fought for control of the company.
In comparison, David's final takeover in Israel is relatively amicable. Obtaining support from all the tribes (1), David is a proper representative of the whole nation. David's kingship is obtained through the agreement and cooperation of the whole people. This is a good standard when it is time to appoint Christian leaders in the church or other forms of leadership positions. When the whole church or organization is given opportunity to express trust in a new leader, this reduces criticism and marginalization of the leader or the people they are leading.
Crucially David captures Jerusalem (7). This was a well-guarded city. Nobody believed he could possibly take it (6). And yet, against the odds, David's victory proved that the God who was with him (10) was greater and more powerful than anyone or anything else in the world.
How do you approach leadership? Do you need to listen more to those you lead or support those leading you?
Father, bless those who lead Your church with love, courage and above all, a willingness to obey You in everything.
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