“Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:4-6)
In 1 Samuel 30, we read about a time when King David’s stronghold was overrun, destroyed, and all of their loved ones had been taken away captive. David and his men had been on a military operation themselves, only to return and find that all was lost. This was the darkest hour for David and his men. Their immediate response was emotional. Their wives and children had been spared, but everything had been destroyed or taken, without any idea what had become of their loved ones. In their anger, the men turned on David, threatening to stone him. Although emotionally impacted like everyone else, David needed to take his place of leadership in order to turn the tide of the emotions. He needed to bring together a directed force to recover their losses. David’s first move was to strengthen himself in the Lord! It was from a position of strength that he would make the important decisions required at that time.
As a Christian, we must understand that David did not find the help he needed through self-help, it was found in the Lord. This is an important principle of leadership. A true leader cannot draw their strength from the people they lead. The help of a true leader must come from within. When it came time to encourage the others to follow him, he did not try to manipulate their emotions, he appealed to a higher motivation—in this case, a spiritual one. When they heard the word of the Lord from their leader, they were motivated to go and recover their losses.
The World Needs the Christ in You!
This is an election year, and as Christians, we should be very careful not to be drawn into emotional motivations. In the secular scene, the higher motivation comes through reason, based upon principles we have chosen to guide our life by. When we do this, we will be able to choose a true leader who will inspire us to our principles, not to our base motivations. I believe it is especially incumbent that we understand, as Christians, we are all called to a place of leadership in our world. The Word declares that we are called to be “…the head and not the tail…above only, and not be beneath…” This call is not a natural motivation. As leaders, we must be like David; we must encourage ourselves in the Lord and respond to life, and our world, through a strong inner connection with God. This strong inner motivation must be Word-based.
After David encouraged himself in the Lord, he sought the Lord’s direction. He received a personal word from God that gave him the faith to face an impossible situation. We should all understand that faith comes through hearing the Word of God; it is not always a direct spoken word. If God does not speak directly, it is not a sign that He does not have a word for us. It means that He has already spoken. How has He spoken? He speaks primarily through the Word. We need to be a Word-motivated people! If you are not sure what God is saying, go to the scripture. If your knowledge is limited, seek the counsel of someone who will direct you through the scriptures. This is how the glory of the Lord is revealed. It is reveled through a people who know, believe, and follow His Word.
We all know the world needs Jesus. Remember, Jesus is the Word of God. When we live a Word-focused life, we are showing the power and testimony of the Father like Jesus did. The world needs Jesus, but they don’t just need to hear about Him: they need to see Him! It is time to shine forth in this hour and be His brilliance to the world!