Topic: Thou Art The Man
[DCLM Daily Manna 21 October 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: 2 Samuel 12:7-14 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die“ (2 Samuel 12:13).
A leader without a leader, and he who controls without being under any control is under the imminent danger of falling into arbitrariness. The text centres on David, the shepherd king of Israel who was divinely anointed as king, preserved from evil and bountifully loaded with God’s liberality. These could have been increased by God if he had asked for more. Yet, he couldn’t resist the temptation of coveting his servant’s wife.
Like David, many contemporary leaders instruct, direct, correct and reprimand people under them but end up perpetrating worse atrocities without any one being bold enough to challenge them. The message of God through Nathan is instructive. It clearly shows that God is no Respecter of persons and will not excuse any sin even when it is committed by a leader. Little wonder the Scripture says, “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things” (Romans 2:1).
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Those who occupy positions of leadership must therefore remember that they are accountable to God, hence should avoid acts of impunity. Leaders in the church, government, associations, family and at whatever level, must remember to lead with the fear of God, be exemplary in character and avoid acts of impunity because to whom much is given, much will also be required.
A leader must be humble enough to acknowledge his mistakes like David and follow the path of rectitude. Spiritual leaders, who sin against God must take personal responsibility, expose themselves and repent genuinely. The gate of mercy is still open for those with contrite and humble spirit, who wish to avoid the danger of having to face God’s ultimate judgment.
Thought For The Day: A leader’s sin is a leading sin.
Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28