Daily D – 1 Samuel 18
Samuel 18:5 Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike. (NLT)
1 Samuel 18:8, 9 This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. (NLT)
1 Samuel 18:14, 15 David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him. When Saul recognized this, he became even more afraid of him. (NLT)
1 Samuel 18:28, 29 When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and how much his daughter Michal loved him, Saul became even more afraid of him, and he remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life. (NLT)
Jealousy and envy degrade and destroy a person’s leadership. Learn to celebrate the success of others. The best leaders are guides, not heroes. Become a hero maker.
David killed Goliath. This teenager proved himself more powerful than the Head and Shoulders King. The king’s son, Jonathan, knew a good thing when he saw it. He openly elevated David. In Jonathan, there was no jealousy at all.
Jonathan’s confidence was well-placed. Notice how many times this chapter says David was successful in everything he did. Notice also how King Saul’s initial esteem devolves into jealousy, rage, fear, and murderous intent.
Saul’s circle of influence grew smaller and smaller. David’s grew larger and larger. Saul reasoned irrationally that his circle would grow larger again if he stole David’s. Lights become brighter when the sun goes down, it is true. The glare from a bulb also illuminates the look of loathing.
He could have had it all.
Jealousy, then envy
Led to his self-centered fall.
Great leaders focus on multiplying great leadership by empowering and equipping others with appropriate responsibility and authority.
If Saul had written an autobiography, he might have given it the title, BI.
If David had written an autobiography, he might have given it the title, God is Bigger than Big. David’s handwritten psalms make this clear.
Saul’s self-focus led to a great fall. David later fell his own fall. Whereas Saul never recovered, never got up, David went all the way down until God restored his soul (Psalms 23:3; 32; 51).
Leaders fail. Not all leaders are failures.
Leaders fail when they esteem themselves as heroes.
Leaders succeed when they serve as faithful guides and hero-makers.
Lead like Jonathan, not like Saul.
I will become a faithful guide and a hero-maker.
Our Father, empower me to empower others. Use me to enrich others’ walk with you. Use me to provide appropriate responsibility and authority to those who are growing into the leaders you want them to become. Make me a faithful guide and hero-maker. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.