Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 18:7-11
Insecure Leaders Are Driven by Fear
When the women sang saying, “Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands,” Saul was very angry. He feared that he had lost the hearts of the people to David and would also lose the throne. The next time David played before him, he cast the javelin in his hand at David and said in his heart, “I will smite David even to the wall with it.” He was ready to kill David because he feared David would be king in his stead.
The lesson here is this; insecure leaders are driven by fear. They are driven by the fear of becoming irrelevant or by the fear of losing their title and position. Their fears completely overwhelm them to the point where they are capable of destroying lives.
Prayer: Father, help me to overcome fear.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 18:5-15
Leaders Do Not Require Supervision
The Bible says concerning David, “And David went out withersoever Saul sent him and behaved himself wisely…….and David behaved himself wisely….wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.” Saul could find no fault in David because David acted responsibly.
The lesson here is this; leaders do not require supervision. If they did then they would not really be leaders. Leaders are ahead of others because they are able to do what is required of them without someone going along with them to ensure they did it. They act responsibly at all times. They are accountable first to themselves. Leaders know what they should do per time and they do it.
Prayer: Father, help me to behave wisely.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 18:1-7
Leaders Who Win Increase Their Influence
After David successfully killed Goliath everyone wanted to identify with him. The Bible says, “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” Jonathan was not the only person who loved David, the women too greatly admired him and compared him with the king of Israel as they sang saying, “Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.” He had certainly gained influence with the women and Jonathan, Saul’s son. This was not the case before he killed Goliath.
The lesson here is this; leaders who win increase their influence. And this is because people naturally love winners. Therefore, every leader must strive to win because when they do they gain influence and when they don’t, they lose influence. Without influence, no one can be a leader because as John C. Maxwell has said, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”
Prayer: Father, make me a winner in every undertaking.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 17:32-50
Leaders Are Successful Outside Because of What They Do Inside
David successfully killed Goliath in public but before then he had successfully killed the lion and the bear in secret. The victory over the lion and the bear gave him experience and confidence. He was also skilful with his sling. Notice that the first shot David fired with his sling met Goliath in the forehead. Notice also that David fired that shot while running. He had obviously done this so many times that he could get it right first time although in motion. He had prepared privately to meet Goliath publicly.
The lesson here is this; Leaders are successful outside because of what they do inside. For every public success, there will of necessity be hours of private preparation. Leaders win, not because opportunities appear but, because they are prepared when the opportunities present themselves. And no one prepares in a day but every day through a carefully thought out routine.
Prayer: Father, help me prepare daily for success.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 17:48-51
Leaders Approach Every Task With A Sense of Purpose and Urgency
There is something I have always found fascinating about the battle between David and Goliath. The Bible says, “And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”
The lesson here is this; Leaders approach every task with a sense of purpose and urgency. This is revealed in the manner that David managed the battle with Goliath. Once he reached a decision to get rid of Goliath, he wasted no time executing same. According to the Bible, he hasted and ran toward the army to meet Goliath. The words, hasted and ran, suggest purpose and urgency.
Prayer: Father, give me a sense of purpose and urgency in approaching every task.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 17:41-47
Leaders are Bold and Refuse to be Intimidated
As David approached Goliath, the giant attacked him verbally to put fear in him. When Goliath verbally attacked the armies of Israel, prior to this time, they became afraid and fled from him. But David was different. He did not cower at the words of the giant or at his size. For every word that Goliath spoke to David, David had an equally weighty response. Finally Goliath had nothing more to say and according to the Bible, “David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”
The lesson here is this; Leaders are bold and refuse to be intimidated. One major characteristic that sets leaders apart from followers is boldness. Anyone who will lead people towards the accomplishment of a vision must be bold and fearless and refuse to be intimidated as he takes on the oppositions that are bound to come.
Prayer: Father, give me boldness in place of fear.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 17:38-50
Wise Leaders Use Only What Has Been Proved
As David prepared to fight Goliath, Saul armed him with his armour. It seemed logical but David rejected it saying, “I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them.” He put them off and chose five smooth stones from the brooks along with his sling. He had proved these countless times and they were yet to fail him. They did not fail on this occasion, for the Bible says, “So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.”
The lesson here is this; wise leaders use only what has been proved. If they have not proved it, they do not use it. They know that one way to lose confidence and be defeated is to use that which has not proved and which one is unsure of. It may be unpopular but if it has been proved, and it works, a wise leader will use it.
Prayer: Father, help me to prove all things before I put them to use.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 17:32-36
Leaders Draw Strength from Past Victories
When David indicated his desire to fight Goliath, Saul gave him reasons why he would fail. Saul’s reasons were valid and would have put fear and discouragement in anyone but David recalled his past victories over the lion and the bear that attacked the sheep in his care. He fought and killed both animals and the victories secured in both cases gave him the confidence he required to fight and defeat Goliath. His confidence became so contagious that all Saul could say was, “Go, and the Lord be with thee.”
The lesson here is this; leaders draw strength from past victories. Whenever they encounter a challenge, they recall past victories and draw strength from them to tackle and overcome the challenge at hand. Therefore, it is imperative that leaders are able to recall past victories when it matters most as it is a sure way to boost their confidence when faced with challenges.
Prayer: Father, help me to recall past victories when it matters most.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 16:19-21; 17:15
Good Leaders Truly Care for Those They Lead
David was a young shepherd when God chose him to be Israel’s king. As a shepherd he was a leader of the sheep in his custody. We know that he was a good leader because while working for Saul, David’s thoughts were constantly with his sheep. And as soon as Saul went to battle against the Philistines and did not require his services, the Bible says, concerning David, “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.” The sheep he led were obviously top on his list of priorities. Little wonder God chose him to be Israel’s leader.
The lesson here is this; good leaders truly care for those they lead. And this care is demonstrated in the things that they do and not just in what they say. Talk is cheap and therefore, anyone can say anything. But a good leader is known by his good actions towards those he leads.
Prayer: Father, make me a good leader.
Scripture Passage: Jeremiah 35:1-10
Great Fathers Are Great Leaders and Retain Their Influence
Jonadab the son of Rechab, was father of the house of the Rechabites. He was a great father and a great leader because even in death, he maintained a high level of influence over his children and their families. His children said, “We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever……Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters…..” Although not present he controlled their choices.
The lesson here is this; great fathers are great leaders and retain their influence. And not only during their lifetime but for a long time afterwards and indeed for many generations. This is a true test of great fatherhood and great leadership. Happy Father’s Day!
Prayer: Father, make me a great father like Jonadab the son of Rechab.