The Bible tells us that above all things, we should seek wisdom.
Wisdom allows us to make the decisions that bring about God desires for us.
It was David's wisdom that Saul feared the most. This message will illustrate the several ways in which wisdom established David as a strong leader.
Wisdom - the correct use of knowledge
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 1:7
Pastor Miles started by recapping what we have learned thus far:
- Israel's first King was Saul
- Israel's best King was David
- Israel's eternal King is Jesus, the Son of David
- David defeated Goliath
- David and Saul's son Jonathan became friends
David had to endure many trials before claiming his throne. Pastor Miles told the tale of how Saul wanted to keep the throne even though God had told him he was rejected. As a result, Saul tried to kill David repeatedly until Saul finally died himself. But David behaved wisely, as the Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 18.
- 1 Samuel 18:5 - So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely
- 1 Samuel 18:14 - And David behaved wisely in all his ways and the Lord was with him.
- 1 Samuel 18:30 - And so it was, whenever they went out, that David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed.
David did three things to be wise:
1. Acquire a good nameThe end of 1 Samuel 18:5 reads: And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
David was a good man who gained respect, and so soldiers and servants followed him. Pastor Miles pointed out that a real leader has followers, whereas a leader without followers is just someone out for a walk.
2. Acquire a skill
There are two skills with which we have to concern ourselves; natural skills and spiritual skills. Have you ever had a job you didn't like to do? It was probably because you weren't using your God-given skills. On the Rock's website, you can take a gifts test to see what your spiritual skills are. David had skills along with incredible faith in God, thus allowing him to do incredible things to glorify God.
3. Acquire favor with God.
1 Samuel 18:12 says, Now Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, but had departed from Saul. We'll read later (yeah, I peeked) that David was blessed by God because David was a man after God's heart and wanted to please God. Pastor Miles pointed out that when you have God's favor, no one can be against you, including the one person who tends to hold you back: yourself.