Humility as a Leader


S (Scripture): 1 Chronicles 19:12 Joab said, “If the Arameans start to overpower me, you come to my rescue. If the Ammonites start to overpower you, I will come to your rescue. 19:13 Be strong! Let’s fight bravely for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! The Lord will do what he decides is best!”

O (Observation): David is being forced to do battle again, as the Arameans and Ammonites are set to attack. Joab, a leader in the army, shares an instruction, and then leaves credit to the Lord for what may come.

Joab is showing deference to the Lord, exhibiting some humility in the process of leadership.

A (Application): I’m not totally sure if Joab is simply being a humble leader and giving the Lord the credit for what might happen, or if he’s just assuming that the Lord will be on “their side.”

I kind of get the same vibe as when a football player points to the sky after scoring a touchdown, only this time, the pointing up happens BEFORE the touchdown. In fact, it happens before the snap!

Like, “Lord, I’m gonna run the ball on this play. I may score a touchdown, or I may get tackled in the back field – you decide what’s best.” Of course, I don’t think God decides the outcomes of single plays or whole games, at all.

The leaders of the armies of Israel have often attributed their direction – and their success and their failures – to the Lord.

Perhaps the best way to look at things is that the leaders of the armies have remained humble. They know their place in the grand scheme of things. That while they direct many soldiers, they still seek for the Lord’s will to be done, not just their own.

Someone else mentioned something about “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” He pointed to heaven, from which the Spirit descended. While on his way to the cross, Jesus looked up and said, “Let this cup pass from my lips, but then, not my will be done, but yours.”

Remaining humble as leaders is difficult. Do you find it difficult to let God’s will be done, and not just your own? In what settings is this challenge most noticeable for you?

I choose to look at this situation in this way: We may not know how it will turn out, but we know in whom we can trust.

The Lord.

P (Prayer): Lord, give us wisdom to see that we are simply your servants, called to do your will. Reveal to us our callings, and send us out to lead in your name. Amen.


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