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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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.