“Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully” (1 Samuel 18:5 NLT).


David was an obedient and enthusiastic servant of King Saul. And God gave David success. At first, his success led to the king’s favor, but as his victories grew, Saul’s favor turned to jealousy. In all of this, God was at work, moving Saul out and David in as king.
So many leadership principles are in view in this story. David’s diligence to obey his boss was the secret to his success and the basis for his promotion. For Saul rewarded David by making him a military commander. This is a good principle for today’s young person who desires to succeed. Do what your boss says. And “work heartedly as unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23) and the Lord will give you success and favor.
Yet, Saul’s leadership is marred by the weakness of his character. Instead of seeing David as one of his own champions who made his throne even more secure. He was jealous of him. Thus undermining his own kingdom. Such leaders never achieve true greatness because they cannot allow anyone around them to share the spotlight. But the greatest of leaders is happy to be surrounded by other great leaders. And is all too willing to share the spotlight.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to work with all of our hearts for those You have put over us in leadership. For our reward is in Your hands. And where You have put people under our leadership, help us to mentor them and build them up for You. We go to our labors today, seeing ourselves as Your servants. In Jesus’ name, amen.