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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘These were … the mighty men whom David had.’ 1 Chronicles 11:10 NKJV

Success in any endeavour calls for surrounding yourself with the right people. That’s why you should always seek God’s input in your relationships. Rehoboam should have listened to the advice of his father Solomon’s wise and experienced inner circle. Instead, he heeded the advice of those who agreed with his own opinion – and it proved fatal. David, on the other hand, chose people who helped make him great. ‘Now these were the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel’ (1 Chronicles 11:10 NKJV). Notice four important things here:

1) David built a strong inner circle before he needed it. He started building his team long before he was crowned.

2) He attracted people with varied gifts. He reached for them, rewarded them, and wasn’t intimidated by those who had skills that differed from his. With the help of these ‘mighty men’, David felt ready for anything.

3) He cultivated loyalty. He drew people close to him, shared his life with them, and, in the end, they were willing to lay their lives on the line for him.

4) He delegated responsibility based on ability. Because he was secure in his own identity and calling, David wasn’t afraid to delegate authority and responsibility to those around him. In the beginning, some of his mighty men were misfits, but he transformed this ragtag group into a winning team (see 1 Samuel 22:1-2). David made his inner circle great, and in turn, his inner circle made him great. So, the word for today is – pick the right people!

SoulFood: 1 Chron 12:23 – 15:29 John 9:24-41 Ps 8 Pro 26:17-22

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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