Daily D – 1 Samuel 18:5
David marched out with the army and was successful in everything Saul sent him to do. Saul put him in command of the fighting men, which pleased all the people and Saul’s servants as well.
1 SAMUEL 18:5 (CSB)
Here’s a good leadership lesson. When you have someone on your team who is better than you at one thing or another, let them take the lead in that area. Empower him or her and provide collaboration as necessary to get things moving and support to keep things going. Demonstrate trust and stay out of the way.
Saul did this with David. How could he not? How many giant killers did he have on his team? Who would the people trust to lead the battles? The giant killer or the guys who cowered before the giant for a month and a half?
Saul did well in this decision.
Then Saul failed. Returning from battle with his troops, he was greeted with praise, as usual, but not the level of praise he liked or wanted. The women danced and sang and played stringed instruments. It was a concert of praise. They sang,
but David his tens of thousands.
A wise and humble leader would know that the success of the team was more important than the success of the leader. Teams working together create team victories.
A wise and humble leader would know that his best leadership would be to exalt his team in the eyes of others. This creates confidence in the team and among those they lead and serve.
Saul was not a wise and humble leader.
In verses 8 and 9, we see three characteristics that never describe wise and humble team leaders: resentment, complaint, and jealousy.
Wise and humble leaders do not care who gets the credit. Their concern is that the job gets done. As President Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” He was not merely acting humble at that moment. He told General Eisenhower that he would gladly serve as his Vice President if he would run for president.
What kind of leader are you?
Even if the only person you lead is yourself, you can work on rooting out resentment, you can choose not to complain, and you can choose loyalty over jealousy every time.
Saul the Tall soon shrank in the eyes of everyone as he tried to take out the giant killer. The giant killer soon had opportunities to take out Saul the Tall and refused to do so. He chose loyalty over jealousy every time. He turned his complaints into prayers and songs we still employ today. He decided resentment was too heavy a burden to bear and placed his trust in God.
What leadership itch does this story scratch for you?
I will celebrate team victories and team leaders who make those victories possible.
Our Father, thank you for surrounding me with men and women who are better than me. Thank you for the privilege of working on the same team with them. Thank you for how much they teach me day by day. I am humbled by their expertise. I am delighted by their joy. I am enriched by their friendship. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.