David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
I want to be a leader like David. It’s enough to say that he was a man after God’s own heart – and that’s why, but look at this chapter in 1 Samuel.
But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. (vs 22)
Earlier all of them (the noble and the troublemakers) were devastated by their loss of loved ones and were bitter toward David. It’s understandable, although stoning him wasn’t great, but it shows the level of their despair. What does David do in those moments?
But David found strength in the Lord his God.
Leadership is hard and there is constant pressure. The misnomer is that if you lead well there’s no pressure… which is not true! The strong, effective leader (like David) brings out the suspicion and jealousy of others. There are rivals and naysayers when things are going well! There is discouragement and frustration when things are going poorly. What David does is the thing to do… find strength in the Lord your God.
In this strength you can be humble yet assertive.
To the evil men and troublemakers David, the clear leader of the group, replies, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. Relationally he draws them in (when maybe he should have long since cast them out!). This is fantastic leadership and demonstrates where David found his strength.
Father, thank You for Your power at work in me. Prompt me to yield to you more and completely. Thank You for the confidence your provide. Lead me so I can lead others, I pray… for Your glory. I live for You today.