October 7, 2019
2 Samuel 11:1 (NASB) Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. BUT DAVID STAYED AT JERUSALEM.
Doing what’s right is the responsibility of everyone – including leaders and great men who often receive special treatments!
When David has become king over all Israel, during the time when the kings usually go to war, David stayed in his palace in Jerusalem instead. That’s the start of his fall with Bathsheba, the wife or Uriah, one of his most loyal soldiers (2 Samuel 11:3).
I find that when a leader starts to give various excuses and considerations so they could ‘stop being demanded’ to do what’s right, they start to turn into a ‘weapon of iniquity’ for the people under his leadership (Romans 6:12-13).
1. Leaders can be enticed to abuse their gifts, potential, and skills (which led them to be the people’s leader in the first place) for their own interests (2 Samuel 11:2)
Usually, the king’s palace is erected high on hills. Meanwhile, the public baths are usually far below. David was able to see the beautiful figure of a bathing woman from the roof of his house – such a sharp eye!
When leaders stop doing what they should, without knowing, they will start to misuse their gifts, skills, and potentials to manipulate others. And usually, the ones they manipulate are those under their own leadership!
That’s why, it doesn’t matter however senior a leader is; it doesn’t matter however much the special treatment/rights being offered by their followers; a leader must keep deciding to do what’s right – at all times, in all places!
2. Leaders can be enticed to abuse their position and authority to manipulate others (2 Samuel 11:3-4)
This can happen when a leader starts to be ‘drowned’ in the various facilities, conveniences, or special treatments given by many people. Without knowing, they could start to use their position and authority to manipulate others. Leaders should especially beware when they are weak or off-guard, and are being lured by the various desires of their heart (which is being ‘swayed’ by the various special treatments).
I’m not saying that as a people who is being led by someone, we shouldn’t give special treatments for our leaders; because every leader must be respected and appreciated (1 Corinthians 16:17-18, Hebrews 13:17). However, as a leader myself, I want to warn my fellow leaders: don’t get used to those things – never be swayed by all the special treatments given by the people or those who appreciate, admire, and love us as a leader!
Our negligence will make us hurt those who have loved us with their lives instead – we come to the point where we manipulate them. We constantly need a determination and firmness in our heart to draw a clear line of ourselves – this is especially needed when it comes to the special treatments given by the people to us! Always remember that as a leader, we come to serve, not to be served (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45, John 13:14-17).
3. When a leader has done the wrong thing, and it has led into negative consequences which potentially smear their reputation, the leader could turn into a sly person, filled with deception, cruelty and selfishness (2 Samuel 11:5-27)
Once David knew that Bathsheba is pregnant, he quickly concocted a deception to cover his sin. Without the spirit of repentance, those who live in sin will tend to cover the sin they have committed using another sinful act! Starting from lying, making fake stories, planning evil scenarios, and even plotting a murder! David – a living legend in Israel – did all of them!
It’s true that David repented after being rebuked by Prophet Nathan (2 Sam 12). Then, after Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon – David’s successor (1 Kings 1) – it seems that David’s life journey kept ‘flowing’ normally. However, it doesn’t mean that David won’t receive various negative consequences due to his inaccuracies!
Realize this: God wants all of us – regardless of our social status and position – to always do what’s right at all times, in whatever situation and circumstances!
All form of wrong decisions will always bring negative consequences. And it could also go viral – bringing negative impact for many people who interact with us. On the other hand, whenever we do the right thing, we are conditioning the journey of our life (and everyone who interacts with us) to be better, more dignified, and more pleasant before God’s heart.
So, just keep doing what’s right!
Ps. Steven Agustinus