Sunday, February 1, 2015

When Your People Rebel Against You

1 Samuel 30: 6 And David was greatly troubled; for the people were talking of stoning him, because their hearts were bitter, every man sorrowing for his sons and his daughters: but David made himself strong in the Lord his God. (BBE)

David is greatly troubled. First he is facing personal tragedy. His own wives have been taken captive by the Amalekites. Secondly the people were talking about stoning him.

Every leader will go through moments where the people they are leading will rise up against them in some fashion. It is important we understand why the people do what they do. The people were lashing out at David from their own hurt. Their hearts were crushed over the perceived loss of their families. Personal crisis will often cause people to strike out at the leadership. It is also important to note these were the men who were following David but the concerns of their family were of greater concern to them that loyalty to David. Family wins out over most relationships most of the time. Therefore do not expect people to support you at the expense of their family.

How are you to respond in those situations? David made himself strong in the Lord. Do not always be needing for someone else to pick you up. Make yourself strong. But understand this strength is found in your personal relationship with your Lord.

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