LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM 1 SAMUEL 17 - CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP CHANGES RESULT

Under Saul, the Israeli army was a timid coward, rudderless without energy or direction. Goliath stood there and called out to the Israelite troops, "Why bother using your whole army? Am I not Philistine enough for you? And you're all committed to Saul, aren't you? So pick your best fighter and pit him against me. If he gets the upper hand and kills me, the Philistines will all become your slaves. But if I get the upper hand and kill him, you'll all become our slaves and serve us. I challenge the troops of Israel this day. Give me a man. Let us fight it out together! When Saul and his troops heard the Philistine's challenge, they were TERRIFIED and LOST ALL HOPE’ (1 Samuel 17:8-11MSG).

Notice the order in which the Holy Spirit wrote this passage, first, it was Saul and then the troops. If Saul was terrified his troops were petrified! And for days Goliath kept ranting over the armies of God. Now, this went on for forty days. Now, this must be the worst face off in the history of military warfare. I have read about so many war accounts and military campaign nowhere have I seen an army made immobile by the threatening’s of just one man!

David stepped into the scene, and a fearful army became a dreadful army! With new leadership, the Israeli swept on the Philistines and routed them. (1 Samuel 17:51-53)

Then David ran up to the philistine and stood over him, pulled the giant's sword from its sheath, and finished the job by cutting off his head. When the Philistines saw that their great champion was dead, they scattered, running for their lives. The men of Israel and Judah were up on their feet, shouting! They chased the Philistines all the way to the outskirts of Gath and Ekron. Wounded philistines were strewn along the Shaaraim road all the way to Gath and Ekron. After chasing the Philistines, the Israelites came back and looted their camp. David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem. But the giant's weapons he placed in his own tent'

The difference is clear: under Saul God's army were terrified and petrified while under David they were energized and glorified! No wonder the women in Israel had a song to describe this difference in result: ‘Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousand' (1 Samuel 18:7-8)

New leadership brought improved result!

The way God work remain the same, he always needs a leader to change or improve the result. God does not change the people; he changes the leader in a bid to change the people and their fortune.

New leadership forges a new vision that inspires followership with new passion, energy, and courage to dare the odds that have always been there and achieve the once thought impossible dreams and goals! This was what David did, he spoke words that charted a new course and painted a new vision of victory for the Israelite. Through his faith-filled words, he reduced the opposition to nothing and inspires new courage in the army of God. He ridiculed the man the Israelite has been afraid off for 40 days: ‘who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine, taunting the armies of God- Alive?" (1 Samuel 17:26).

A change in leadership especially when orchestrated by God is always certain to bring a change of fortune for the church, organization or the nation at large! A new season is upon us, many of you are about to emerge this new season positioned as leaders of Gods new agenda for the church, your industry and the nation at large! Amen!

When God wants to change the direction or the previous narratives he brings new leaders to the scene, men who have been tending the sheep for long but now are ready to be revealed in the open!

Someone is reading this and the Holy Spirit is saying to you, YOU ARE NEXT!

 

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