1 Samuel 22:1-5

    A story is told about a boy who valiantly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to move a heavy log to clear a pathway to his favorite hideout. His dad stood quietly nearby, watching his son straining against the load. Finally he said, ”Son, why aren’t you using all of your strength!

    Confused a little angry, the any responded, Dad, i’m using every last little bit of strength I have! No, Son, your’re not , his dad quietly responded, You haven’t asked me to help?

    Effective leaders use all their strength by recognizing the people around them. They know how to develop healthy alliances with those on their own team and those on other teams. While fleeing from Saul, David certainly demonstrated that ability. Two miles from the city of Gath is a labyrinth of hills and valleys, lonely combed with caves. One cave stood near the ancient city of Adullam, and David found refuge in it. While he was in hiding with his family, David attracted himself to others who were also experiencing hardship. Infact, four hundred men eventually allied themselves with David. In addition to those alliances, David connected with the King of Moab, who provided shelter for his parents. Finally , the prophet Gad of feared the fugitive direction from God. David possessed the foresight to know that he couldn’t go it alone. He worked to build others trust in his leadership ability and he evidently proved himself. David’s forces were loyal to him and together they realized success against the enemies of Israel. (see 23:1-6)

    Effective leaders possess the unique ability to build alliances with people who can help to advance their causes. What alliances do you know that are mutually beneficial? What do you do to foster them and encourage their growth? Can you think of any alliances professional or personal that are having a negative impact on you or on others? Think again about the short story at the beginning of this meditation. Are there people who are standing quietly by, watching you strain away with your tasks? Part of your task as leaders is to form healthy alliances and encourage others to step forward and help accomplish two goals:

    1. lightening your own load and,
    2. helping to develop leadership qualities in others.

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    Healthy Alliances As Related to the Following:

Healthy Alliances and Who God Is

For lack of guidance, a nation fails, but many advisers make victory sure. As the perfect and external community of being, God is the ultimate embodiment of a healthy alliance. The perfect love that flows between the Father and the Son is manifested as a third eternal Person the Holy Spirit. The amazing truth is that God wants up to enter into the depths of this unity. Turn to John 17:13-26 to read Jesus’ hiri priestly prayer on behalf of his disciples and all believers.
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Healthy Alliances And Who I Am

People were created for community. Even hermits frequently live in colonies! But alliances with others can be either healthy or toxic, and it is essential that we take this into account when we engage in personal and business partnerships. Turn to 1 Samuel 30:26-30and its accompanying study note for an illustration of David’s wisdom in forming healthy alliances.
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Verse to Memorize

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. Proverbs 11:14
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Healthy Alliances and How They Work

We all need allies on whom we can rely and who we can trust in the tough times. David, as we have seen, illustrate how healthy alliances work. 2 Samuel 16:15;2 Samuel 17:23
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Healthy Alliances and What I Do

Perhaps no other American leader is as admired as Abraham Lincolin, and of this great leader’s greatest asset was his ability to build healthy alliances even with difficult people. In his excellent book, Lincolin on Leadership, Donald T. Philips points out how Lincolin built such strong alliances. Turn to the note on Proverbs 13:20
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Samuel: The King-Maker

1 Samuel 1:128:25

But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Samuel glanced at the seven men standing in the shade. They were impressive specimens. Any of Jesses sons could have been Gods choice. He was suddenly glad he didnt have to choose. God had just warned him about the danger of judging from appearance. He smiled sadly, remembering how impressed he had been at first by Sauls good looks.

Samuel looked around, puzzled. Hed run out of sons, and God hadnt chosen any of them. What was Gods plan in this situation? Turning to Jesse, he inquired, Are these it? No more sons?

The old man slowly counted his sons, one by one. He appeared confused for a moment, then said, Oh, there is one other. Didnt even think of him. My youngest, David, is out in the fields with the sheep. The rest of the sons didnt understand why they had been summoned, but they grumbled over having to wait for the runt to show up. His place was at the bottom of the pecking order. Shepherding was a smelly, outdoors-in-all-weather, protecting-stupid-sheep chore. Each of them had done it only until the next brother was old enough. As the youngest, it was Davids permanent role. It didnt bother them to assign him the task; it did bother them that he enjoyed it so much.

Soon David came running in, exuding the pungent scents of field and flock. The brothers looked on with shock as Samuel removed an oil horn from his robe and poured the contents on their little brothers head. They couldnt imagine a higher honoror a more obvious waste. But even they had to admit that as the oil dripped from Davids hair and chin, a certain wild delight and spirit seemed to fill him. Samuel smiled, David laughed, and a chill went up his siblings spines.

As Samuel walked to Ramah, he remembered another little boy, left in the charge of a priest named Eli. He considered how upbringing shapes a man and how God uses even hardships and pain to prepare his servants. He wondered about Davids future. He remembered Gods unusual call in his own life, the unexpected voice in the night that Eli had identified for him as the Lords. The old priest had told him to answer, Speak, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:10). Samuel chuckled softly and began to pray, Lord, Im still trying to listen. I never thought back then that you would make me a king-maker. So whats next?

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    • In what ways do you think God speaks to you?
    • What have you learned about the dangers of judging people by outward appearances?
    • How would you describe your attitude about God giving you directions?

The Story Continues &

To learn about Samuels background and see how God continued to work through him, read 1 Samuel 1:128:25.

Why Would God Make Someone Do Wrong??

Reading:2 Samuel 24:1,NIV.

T’s not that God caused David to do wrong. David was capable of choosing right or wrong. god permitted David to pursue his sinful choices and rear the consequences of his actions. To incite in this case may have meant that God orchestrated the events that led to David’s decision.

To make the question even more confusing, the writer of 1 Chronicles 21:1,NIV,says it was not God but satan that incited David to do wrong. The apparent conflict between two passages may mean that God sometimes permits Satan to do things that subsequently are viewed as having come from God. The writer of 2 Samuel,NIV, reports that God was ultimately behind David’s action, highlighting God’s sovereignity. The writer of 1 Chronicles,NIV.recognizes Satan as the more immediate temptation behind David’s decision. Both views are correct. In the end, God used David’s sinful desires to bring judgement for sin upon the nation of Israel. But good also came from there sad events: Because of what happened here, the site was acquired where the temple eventually would be built.