KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 2:3 ” And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:”
King David advises his son Solomon who was his successor. He tells him the principle to be successful in life. He first tells him to be strong and show himself a man. Leadership is the baby of a vision and you need to be strong to stay focused on the vision. Leadership also means leading a number of people along a course of action and you need to be tough to maintain that body on the course of action. As a leader you help people enter into their God ordained destinies, by instructing them in special disciplines of life, and so you need to be strong to make them accept to go through such disciplines.
In verse 3 he tells him to be obedient to the word of God. *Success in life is doing what the creator created you for and failure is doing what you were not created for. The law of God or the word of God shows us what God expects us to do. When we do them, we remain victorious and successful. I believe everybody wants to be successful, then let’s simply take the advice David gave his son Solomon. God gave the same advice to Joshua in Joshua 1:8. He told him that if he diligently hearkens to the word of God, God would also keep his promises he made to David.
David went on to give him certain instructions that he had to do. The first of these was to make sure that he killed Joab. This statement is rather alarming. Joab was his right-hand man, why then would he call for his death? Joab consistently showed that he had an independent spirit. He always wanted to do that which pleased him and not what pleased the king. He killed Abner who was in Saul’s camp but gave David the right hand of fellowship. That was against David’s wish. He also killed Amasa who was a general for the brethren from Judah. Joab should have inherited the grace on David as a mighty warrior. He rather inherited his anger and a decision to get him killed. Other men like, Adino, Eleazar and Shammah whose names did not show up often, inherited David’s grace as a mighty warrior. Joab even joined Adonijah to be king when he knew very well, David wanted Solomon to be the king. Every organization must go in one direction and therefore needs one voice, and that is the voice of the leader. Joab’s views many times differed from David’s view point. He would have been a problem to Solomon’s rule if he had lived.
Dear leader do not keep people who have an independent spirit around you. They either repent or you free them from working with you.
Father, help all leaders surround themselves with real supportive people who would form a great team achieving great things.
1 Corinthians 4:2 ” Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
1 Kings 2:4 ” That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel”.