DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP: Response to Distress

1Samuel 30: 1-10

On the path of leadership, there are many who tread the same path afterwards . . . This means that the weight of many people are on your shoulders because they look up to God through you and also because they are in their position because if your leadership.

A follower might not respond to adversity or distress very well but a leader must learn how to do so because without a proper response, doom ad destruction awaits.

The proper response was what David did when his men were about to stone him – he turned to the LORD and received strength from HIM. He did not react to their distress because reaction is an opposite force to action. He was not ready to defend himself before his men but turn to God for strength and he got it. His action was more of response than reaction . . .

Our action towards distress must be response and not reaction . . . There are so many things that would not go as planned not because God is not able to make things happen but because there are obstacles and oppositions all around waging war against the reality of God. OUR HELP IN TIMES OF DISTRESS COMES FROM THE LORD! We must keep looking up to HIM as the Author and Finisher of the Faith that initiated our journey in HIM!



1Samuel 24: 3-7; 26:7-12; 2Samuel 1:1-16

The path of leadership God has set for any man is a path that is laden with Honour . . . A leadership that would respect God’s pattern and process as opposed to the shortcuts to achievements that other paths of leadership is making available for those who tread them.

David would have killed Saul twice when he had the chance but he honored the anointing upon him. He was able to put Honour first whenever opportunities presented themselves . . . And this Honour was not initially directed towards men or things but towards GOD. He would not enforce justice on the platter of unrighteousness but rather wait for God’s appointed time when the conditions would be right or when God decided to act.

A Yoruba adage says “A man who embarks on a journey to get money, and finds Honour on the way must retire because when he gets money, Honour is what he would use it to buy”. But to a man on the path of Leadership God sets, Honour is still a means and also an integral part of what would take him to the destination.

When every opportunity (be it conquest or wealth) presents itself to us on the path of leadership, we must Honour God by letting HIM decide what our response should be. Sometimes, God puts situations before and around us to know how much we revere HIM and how much we Honour HIS people no matter their waywardness or unrighteous ways.



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 . . .


The UnGodly (VI): Godly Response To The Doubting Hearts

Jude 22-23

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.



The UnGodly (V): Keeping Godliness

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.


The UnGodly (IV): What Should The Godly Do?

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.


The UnGodly (III): Struggles and Woes

Jude 12-16

Because the unGodly is no more of God, he struggles to show his worth or relevance but the more he struggles, the more his woes would be. He will acquire at the expense of the people he is meant to lead yet, he will feel empty and insecure. He will say so much but none will stand because he is no more talking in line with God’s will.

For the sake of relevance, he would always try to be what the world has defined as acceptable and success; bearing no fruit for God’s Kingdom because he only struggles to meet up with the standard of the world . . . To GOD, he is no longer a partaker of the Kingdom.

His deeds will only culminate to shame in the end because he is in the dark and his life has become an entity of confusion and unholy controversies.

Still, he tries to master the art of making things work in his favour; using any means necessary to discredit what is righteous by trying to establish the unrighteous standard and promoting ideas that would further his greedy agenda.

He might not be speaking directly against God because of the reputation that has been built over time. Nevertheless, he is always against His faithful messengers. No matter the highness and loftiness of the unGodly, God is keen to put an end to wickedness through His justice and righteousness.

Whatever that does not belong to God will not stand!