People Are Watching

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 4:1 When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.

O-bservation:

Abner, who had been the head of Saul's army, immediately moved to install Ish-Bosheth as King upon the death of King Saul. David was King of Judah and Abner knew that David was anointed to be King over all of Israel, but he tried to keep the "Old Guard" in place. Abner became disenchanted with Ish-Bosheth in time, and went over to David's side. But the head of David's army, Joab, and his brother Abishai killed Abner to avenge the killing of their brother Asahel by Abner. When Ish-Bosheth heard that Abner was dead, he knew he would be next. But his nation was watching him, and when they saw him "Lose Courage" they became alarmed and greatly distressed.

A-pplication:

No matter how High or Low you may feel you are on the so-called "Food-Chain," there's always someone just under you who is looking to you for some amount of LEADERSHIP. One of the main components of Leadership is COURAGE. Should you lose courage, as a Leader of One or One Hundred, remember ... "People Are Watching." And in that moment great distress will come upon them. When God gives you the "Mantle of Leadership" in times of great challenge, keep your Chin Up, your Shoulders Back, and Move Forward. You are anointed for such a time as this, because ... "People Are Watching!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know You have placed me in a position where people are counting on me today to keep going with No Fear. When the fear comes, HOLD me Up and PUSH me Forward. Amen
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The king Behind The King

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 4:1 When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed that day.

O-bservation:

Abner had been a loyal warrior under King Saul’s leadership. He would have been a key man to the king. When Saul died in battle, Abner became loyal to Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth, who ruled the northern tribes of Israel for a short period. Joab was David’s key man. When David became king of Judah, Joab killed Abner. When Ish-Bosheth heard that Abner had been killed, he lost all courage. Not long after, his own men killed him while he slept.

A-pplication:

Whenever weak people assume positions larger than their capacity to lead, they often bring in a key man or woman who is far more capable than they or running the place behind the scenes. That’s what happened in this case. You could call Abner “The king Behind The King.” Abner had already met with David to bring all of the northern tribes under his leadership. Abner had killed Joab’s youngest brother in a one-on-one battle, and Joab and his brother Abishai had a vendetta against Abner for what he had done. Ish-Bosheth was the weak leader who waited for direction. On this occasion, Abner died, and the weak leader lost courage and all hope. He went to bed one day hoping to sleep his pain away, and fortunately for him, he lost his life while sleeping. It wasn’t the proper way for things to end for either man, but it was the best way for David to assume leadership for the whole of Israel. David became the King who never needed “The king Behind The King.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m thinking of nations and companies, but most of all, Your Church. I’m praying for strong leadership to lead the church of the most high God in these troubled times. Please, Lord, give us men and women who will boldly lead the people of God with compassion. Amen
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