1 Samuel 15
LEADERSHIP - 1). Samuel reminded Saul of his credentials. (v.1) God had anointed him to raise Saul up as king, so he needed Saul to respect his authority. People listen better when they recognize position and authority. They also listen better when they realize its effect in their lives. 2). Saul set an ambush on the city of Amalek. (v.5) They didn't know he was there. It was in a ravine, a low valley where the Amalekites wouldn't be able to escape. He had become a good leader and a skilled warrior as well. 3). Samuel corrected Saul. (v.14) Saul was very proud of his accomplishment, yet Samuel pointed out his disobedience by the sound of sheep in the distance. He wasn't afraid to confront Saul in his sinful state. 4). Samuel asked Saul why he heard sheep in the midst of the army. (v.14) Though he already knew the answer, he asked Saul to give him a chance to come clean. Before we accuse others, we should allow them to repent and do the right thing. 5). Saul blamed the soldiers for bringing supplies back. (v.15) He made it sound like he wasn't involved. He tried to shift the blame onto someone else. Good leaders accept responsibility for their actions and accept the consequences as well. 6). Saul admitted that he had been swayed into sin by the will of the people. (v.24) He was more concerned with pleasing people instead of pleasing God. As leaders, we must be careful to put God first and do His will regardless of the consequences. Ultimately, we work for Him, and nobody else.
1 Samuel 16
LEADERSHIP - 1). Samuel mourned for Saul, but obeyed God when He told him to move on. (v.1) As leaders, we have to obey God even when we feel like doing something else. We must keep ourselves prepared to do His will. Samuel filled his horn with oil, though he didn't know who it was for. We should always be ready for God to use us for His glory. 2). When Samuel arrived at the city of Bethlehem, the elders were concerned. (v.4) His last public appearance had included the punishment of Saul and the execution of King Agag. The people were beginning to realize the influence of this powerful leader. As leaders for God, His love and His wrath can both be seen in our lives. 3). When Samuel saw Eliab, he thought he would become king. (v.6) It is important for us to recognize that if Samuel was picking the next king, he would have chose Eliab. But he waited for God's desired one. As leaders, we must do what God says, even if our own intellect would lead us a different way. 4). After Samuel had seen all of Jesse's sons who were present, he sent for David. (v.11) It didn't seem that there was much chance God would select David. But Samuel still finished God's will for him entirely. He wouldn't leave until he'd checked all of the sons of Jesse, just as God had said. 5). David was a good looking, strong young man. (v.12) God doesn’t just pick the good on the inside and the poor on the outside. The outside is just not as important as we make it out to be. The outside should be a reflection of who we are on the inside, not the other way around.
LEADERSHIP - 1). One servant suggested David as the harpist. (v.18) He described him as a brave man, a warrior, speaking well and good looking. All this in addition to his great harp playing skills. David's gift opened the door, and his good standing in other areas helped him secure a great opportunity to serve in the court of the King. Be the best person you can be, and God will open doors for you too. 2). David made a great impression on Saul. (v.21,22) Saul asked Jesse to keep David in his service as one of his armor bearers. David became a tremendous ally and support to the king. David showed great loyalty to his leader. When David was king, and demanded respect from his servants, he knew what it was he was asking for.