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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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.