John 2; 1 Chronicles 10-11; Zechariah1
Something about David inspired loyalty in those who were with him. Even though his most trusted advisors could have overthrown David and taken his place politically, they not only continued to follow him – they were willing to sacrifice their lives for him. As he battled the Philistines they came close to his hometown of Bethlehem. David remembered the well there and perhaps thought of more peaceful times. “And David said with longing, ‘Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!’ So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless David would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord. And he said, ‘Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.’ Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.” (1 Chronicles 11:17-19) A longing expressed by their leader became a command to these mighty men and they risked life and limb to get him a drink of water. David wouldn’t drink it. It became, instead, an offering to the Lord. Far more important than the gift of water was the gift of loyalty these three mighty men gave to David. David gave the gift of the water and thus the loyalty, courage and sacrifice of these men to the Lord. In life, we should be so connected to the Lord that we inspire loyalty in others as we lead. At the same time, when we are following a leader who is in a right relationship with God – we need to be willing to sacrifice everything to support them. The key to understanding, as always, is our relationship with God. The closer we are to Him, the more likely we are to lead according to His guidance or follow the right leader in His will.
Dear Lord – sometimes you call me to lead. May I be so in tune with You that others who follow You will accept my leadership. Sometimes You will call me to follow. May I be so in tune with You that I will find and follow a leader who is obedient to You. Whether I am leading or following let me glorify Your name.