1Samuel 22:3-5; Nehemiah 8: 7-10
When GOD gives a word, it’s understanding can only be given by doing according this given word. When David told the king of Moab about learning what GOD would do for him, it was not staying put in the cave if Adullam even though it was his stronghold but going out of it in order to realize the Word of the LORD given to him when He was alone with GOD.
Anyone in the path of leadership must realize that ern though safety is of importance, exploit according to GOD’s given Word is what assures a safety that would last longer than one’a time on earth.
And GOD in HIS mercy knows our capability with respect to the Word HE wants to accomplish through us wen while we tread on the path of leadership. Because of this, HE institutes commands/commandments that serve as gracious guides as we journey through life. HIS commands are meant to help us know what to do per time as the obedience of these commands would bring outcomes (be it pleasant or unpleasant) that would make us come to the understanding of HIS intentions at particular points in time.
HE makes our obedience (through works) and understanding inseparable so that as HIS Glory is evident in whatever we do, joy would also fill our hearts thereby strengthening us to obey HIM more and more willingly.
There is a higher level of understanding that comes by doing and this is what GOD desires for any man on the path of Leadership. But learning by doing can only be accomplished through Faith in the ONE that gives the commands/commandments.
1Samuel 19:18-24; 22: 1-4; 1Chronicles 11:15-16
After being alone with God and He has set our feet on the path that we must tread, there would always be a *place* assigned. Even though the true place is of the heart of man and of God, there is need for a physical representation where the atmosphere is conditioned by God’s presence.
For David, the place was the Cave of Adullam where he tarried till his people gathered around him for the journey . . . People that were just like him and perhaps worse. What made him their commander was his sense of direction and the provisions he received from God. These were what qualified him to be a leader (someone who has gone ahead to do what others are expected to do).
The place is not a place for those who are not part of one’s journey of leadership . . . The place is where focus is placed on how to successful complete the journey.
Initially, Cave of Adullam was a place for refuge and gathering for David but later turned out to be the place where victory is assured. There is always something special and unique about God’s designated place for a man on the path of leadership.
For Samuel, the place was Naioth in Ramah where Saul and his army prophesied against their wish to capture David and anyone who would dare to defend him. And as a leader like Samuel, David also found his place of refuge, gathering and victory. The True Place is our position in God’s heart and vice versa. And it is our position that facilitates True Victory the LORD desires for everyone.
The place is where grooming begins; where the leader begins to relate to his company what God has given (or relating to) him for the journey yet to be completed. It is where the purpose of God is broken down for the purpose of understanding and most times it must be efficiently backed up by affections.
If you are on the path to leadership, seek GOD’s heart take abode there in, open your heart too and let HIM come . . . Then HE would by HIMSELF lead you that Place HE has prepared for your Refuge, Gathering, Grooming and Victory.
1 Samuel 21:1, 4-5; 22: 9-10
Journey of leadership always starts with a man. Every journey of leadership must not be started with multitude, even if it does, it means each one must later separate from others to begin a specific task.
Though David’s reason for being alone was persecution, he would have ended up aloe one way or another so far God has a plan for him.
But the issue is not particularly about being alone what is being done during the period of “loneliness”. For David, his first stop in his journey was the House of the LORD . . . This means that his being alone only applied being separate from men. When a man on the path of/to leadership wants to be alone, it must be that he wants to be ALONE WITH GOD.
Being alone with God is the foundation a man must build his journey of leadership upon. The second issue remains what he should do when he is alone with God. As for David, he:
1. INQUIRED from the LORD to know WHO he was to become and WHAT he must do to become who he was to become. He let God determine his path . . . He subscribed to a leadership training that is perpetual; ready to learn any point on time.
2. RECEIVED STRENGTH from the LORD i.e. provision needed to start the journey well without fainting even though he was in the middle of persecution, chaos and unrest. He needed power from within and God gave it to him. HE renewed his strength like that if an eagle because he trusted in HIS counsel, hope and waited on and upon HIM.
3. RECEIVED AUTHORITY i.e. The sword for conquest in case there were obstacles and oppositions in the journey. There will always be oppositions especially on the path of leadership that JESUS pioneered for every saint to tread.
These three elements must be sought for from the LORD from time to time to ensue good success. The truth also remains that being ALONE WITH GOD is always imperative at every juncture of our lives.
Davidic Leadership is the kind of leadership that takes its ROOTS and CLUES from the LORD. It is a leadership that has its curriculum mined from the source – GOD! (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
God called David a man after His own heart not only because he seemed to praise HIM more than any man but because according to the records of Kings, he subscribed to the leading of the LORD while he was learning what God has for him and to His rulership when he eventually became the ruler of Israel.
David’s leadership quality did not start when he was king or when he had followers. It had begun when he was nobody. But wherever he found himself and whatever he found himself doing, he could see himself manifesting the characteristics of CHRIST. It was his genuine leadership quality (the way he led his life) that gave him the inspiration for the song he composed (Psalm 23).
He could see himself as one of the sheep he was rearing and also see himself representing God before his father’s sheep. These views and observations are enough to make David a case study of the subject of leadership and rulership even in these contemporary times. Even God made him the standard for other kings after him until JESUS came to institute perfection.
Is the journey of leadership a journey from nothing to something?? Let us find out together . . .
As much as the Godly’s primary duty is to maintain Godliness that is established by the power of God, he is also responsible for bringing those in doubt to that point of assuredness in God by showing them the Truth with gentleness and snatching those who are bound for destruction with every force necessary.
To some, he is meant to portray God’s greatness which is in His abundance of His mercy; thereby establishing a deep reverence for God in their hearts. And if God wills it, He may give him the wisdom to craft out systems and ordinances that would guide the doubting minds and hearts in functioning according to God’s will till they begin to walk with HIM on their own accord.
** It must be noted that Godliness does not care about what people want but the express will of the LORD. Even at that, Godliness must be enforced by God’s wisdom so that people who are meant to live by it would have no excuse for doing otherwise.
Jude 1-2, 20-21
What should the Godly do to prevent him from crossing to the realm of the unGodly?
He must keep on building himself in the most holy faith that stems from meditation in the Word of the LORD and being in communion with God through the Holy Spirit.
The prayers he offers per time should be those that are at the core of the will of the LORD; hoping that what is done in Heaven becomes a reality on earth. It is his faith in CHRIST and prayer for the furtherance of His Kingdom that would keep him in His unfailing love till the very end.
The only assurance to Godliness is constancy of focus on God with no respect to what is happening around. It is the Godly’s most holy faith in God and His Son that shapes his thoughts, intents and actions.
Jude 9-10, 17-19
The unGOdly seems to have an edge against the Godly-he has the support of the world system that majorly operates based on instincts that is not different from that of an animal. Because of this, a man given to the Spirit and the rulership of the LORD does not give in to debates and arguments with the unGodly.
Because the unGodly is operating in the system that supports his lifestyle, it would seem like he is more successful than the Godly. To try and compete with him would be to cross the realm of God to that of animals. If we want to define success and live by its definition, we must ask from God what He knows to be success because to define success according to the view of the unGodly is the beginning of crossing the line (the line is getting blurrier from time to time).
The response of the Godly is to rebuke the unGodly by allowing God to take charge of the situation. The way the Godly lives must rebuke the life of the unGodly as truth always rebukes lies. Being Godly should mean that the power of the LORD is present and available for the Godly to enforce GOdliness. The reason the unGodly thrives is because the Godly fails to rebuke him . . . UnGodliness must not be given a chance for dialogue or reason; it must be rooted out at the very instance of its awareness.