David is one of the famous if not the most famous king in Israel. In his time both the 10 Northern tribes of Israel was united with Judah and Benjamin and become complete kingdom of Israel. He successfully subdued many surrounding nations and made other smaller nations tributary to the kingdom of Israel. He wrote many psalms and is one of greatest worship leader in the bible. Acts 13:36 even recorded that David served his own generation by the will of God, he was a man after God’s own heart. Yet despite all that, David failed miserably when he lost his cause, when he was in the state of over-the-top, he was subdued by his own lust! David stole Bathsheba from his husband Uriah, who ironically was one of David’s top and most loyal soldiers! This mistake is not unique to David alone, when leaders lost their cause, they become self-serving and wrongly motivated. They become a big stumbling block to others due to their influences and high standing in their communities.
Micah 7:3-4 has spoken about the similiar situation, leaders who become self-serving and seeking their own desires compared to the interest of the people they served. These leaders have become briers and thorns in the eyes of God and caused the judgment of God fell upon Israel. When leaders fail to perform on their duties, their followers suffer as well.
Never lose your cause as a leader or don’t lead at all. When you as a leader lose your cause, you are easily distracted by you own selfish desire and make stupid mistakes repeatedly until you found a worthy cause again. The only solution to this is given by Paul in Philippians 3:13-14: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Don’t be focused on our past glories but instead always focus on our calling of God in Christ Jesus. Godly leaders never retire but they re-fire!
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!