A Greater Love

Tim Savage

"And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever." (1 Chronicles 28:9)
There's no question that King David was one of history's greatest leaders. Shepherd, warrior, champion, musician, poet and king - he was one of the few renaissance men of the ancient times. But in our reading this morning, we see one of his weaknesses come back to haunt him again. David may have led his country well, but he didn't father his children well.

Kings says, "About that time David's son Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, began boasting, 'I will make myself king.' Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, 'Why are you doing that?'" David failed at some of the basics with his family, and time and again the whole country of Israel has had to face the consequences.

David's son Absolom led a bloody rebellion against the king and disgraced himself with his father's wives and then Adonijah tried to covertly take the throne right out from under him. David may have been strong in many areas, but he paid dearly for his weaknesses.
I'm reminded this morning that discipline and loving confrontation are central to good leadership. There is a greater love in doing things like this that are uncomfortable and challenging, than there is in just allowing someone to blithely stray down a wrong path. In my family or in my ministries I need to lead people to their very best, often that will be through encouragement, but at times it must come through reproof and discipline. I can't shy away from that; I have to stride boldly in to it.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the lessons of David that we hear through our devotions. Help me to learn and apply them so that I don't have to experience them as consequences. Please grant me strength and courage to lead well as I follow You.

In Jesus name,

Devotions for May 17

1 Kings 2
1 Chronicles 29
Psalms 95
2 Thessalonians 1

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