How Long Can The Leader Feel The Pulse?
This weekend I was walking through the Word when I reread a story we have all studied: Absalom’s rebellion against his father, King David. I am not going to retell the whole story but you can read it in 2 Sam. 13-19. There are many facets and angles to the story, but this time I read it from a leadership perspective.
King David was a man after God’s own heart. He was a superb leader and built a great dynasty. In the middle of his reign after he was well established as the King and Leader of Israel, his son “stole” the hearts of the people away from David. The people loved David and yet he was usurped by his son. How could this happen? I know this – if it can happen to him it can happen to any of us!!!
After David allowed his banished son to return to Jerusalem, he began a slow steady revolt right under everyone’s noses. For four years Absalom would stay at the gates of the city and tell people if he were King they would get justice. He would be an ear for the downtrodden and misused. Sounds like a presidential race and political promises. The only problem is that David was not up for reelection. He was King for life unless someone stole the crown.
By the time David was warned, Absalom was already marching with David’s army at his command. He was coming to kill David and become the King. He had already crowned himself King. David knew he was beaten and he fled from his son. As I meditated on the story some questions came to mind:
- How did King David get so disconnected from his people?
- Did David see it and ignore it because it was his son?
- Did no one warn the King of the uprising?
- Where were David’s trusted men?
- Was David so confident that nothing could happen to his leadership?
- Can this happen today?
- How can I stay connected with the church I lead so this will not ever happen to me?
- If the devil were to try to divide you and your people, how would he do it?
- What would the signs be if you were becoming disconnected?
I think that this is a very important issue for each of us and we should all have our ear to the ground and our fingers on the pulse of the organizations we lead.
What are your thoughts?
Let’s keep asking the right questions to the right people and we will get all the information we need to keep growing, learning and leading well.
Just a thought.