UNRIVALLED RIVALRY (3)
Updated: Mar 16
1 Sam 18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
Insight and Highlight
Any vice of the enemy is to cause disunity.
Any of his ways is an incursion to destabilize. Saul and David parted over a needless and unwanted jealousy.
Saul was a leader who felt threatened and so he was. By his lack of self-control, he became a tale of "another one bites the dust".
He became insanely jealous of a young boy who was no threat to him.
King Saul had issues so also the singers who may be described as a voice of some group of loyalists.
Every nation has groups, either loyalists or critics.
What lessons can we learn politically from the incursion of this needless jealousy through the songs of the women?
This offers us a lesson in any system of governance. The press and observers in private and public sectors must make observations, clearly setting boundaries to avoid hate and a sense of rivalry between two people or parties.
An incumbent who succeeds in an operation to defend and protect his citizens must see his success as a continuation of an effort once started by his predecessor.
True governance complements. A righteous policy must receive bipartisan approval that sees the cooperation of both the ruling party and the minority.
A successor of a previous leader must see his success as an extension of what his predecessor had laid down or done.
Paul says in 1 Cor 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon...."
He further says "But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
In other words, Paul is saying we must be careful and ensure we build on righteousness "....which is Christ..." 1 Cor 3:11.
Saul had assigned the battle to David. From that moment David's victory over Goliath was impliedly his own, 1 Sam 17: 37.
Flattery blinds, envy destroys.
King Saul should have turned a blind eye to the songs of these women.
To the rest of us, before we condemn or flatter a leader, let us know that there is no one leader without a victory and a vanquished. None without an accomplishment and a flaw.
Judge wisely and righteously, ref Matt 7:7.
Build by your words, do not destroy!
An unassuming winner king Saul bit the dust and became a loser over lack of self-control.
With David retained as Chief of Army (ref 1 Sam 18:5) one may assume any planned invasion by the Philistines could have been stalled by the Philistines for fear of David, the giant killer.
Call to Word action
Many today are fighting those who are their helpers. Saul became his own self enemy fighting David, his helper. Be careful you are not your own enemy.
The Christian clarion duty
You can help your nation in nation's building, reconstruction, and reconciliation
Without any doubt, there are character blemishes of leaders. However, when it comes to any form of national accomplishments, war bravery, and exploits, though there is no time for losers, we must all learn to salute the bravery of our leaders at one point or the other.
Lord, help me to build my nation by the words l say and the things l do, Let me not promote rivalry with deadly consequences by my words, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.