Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 197

Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 30:1-6
Leaders are Self-encouraged
When David and his men arrived Ziklag to discover that the town had been invaded in their absence and their wives and children taken away, it was indeed the mother of all chaos. The Bible says, “then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep…….and David was greatly distressed, for the people spake of stoning him….but David encouraged himself…..” In the midst of crisis when David had no one to encourage him, he encouraged himself.
The lesson here is this; leaders are self-encouraged. And it is just as well because in the midst of crisis when those who should provide the required encouragement, turn against the leader and become his greatest source of discouragement, blaming him for their predicament, then he must look inwards. It is usually at such times that leaders recognise that the encouragement they seek cannot come from without but from within, for within them it lies.
Prayer: Father, help me to be self-encouraged.

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