The Law of Empowerment Part 4
Saul Couldn’t Give Power Away-1 Samuel 18:7-29
King Saul clearly recognized David as a mighty warrior, a valuable team member, an obedient servant, a favored man, and an effective leader. He also clearly saw him as a potential successor and threat.
Things didn’t get better when he heard the Israelite ladies compare the two—and Saul came out second best (1 Sam. 18:7). Saul’s insecurity and fear drove him to turn against David. Insecurity often drives a leader to do stupid and self-sabotaging things.
- Saul looked at David’s every activity with suspicion (v. 9).
- Saul hurled his spear at David to try to kill him (v. 11).
- Saul feared David because God’s Spirit was with him (v. 12).
- Saul changed David’s position to prevent them from seeing each other (v. 13).
- Saul dreaded being compared to David in any way (vv. 15, 16).
- Saul put David in charge of 1,000 troops in hopes that the Philistines would kill him (vv. 13, 17).
- Saul gave his daughter Michal to David, hoping she would be a snare to him (vv. 20, 21).
- Saul sponsored secrets to deceive David (v. 22).
- Saul perceived himself as David’s enemy (v. 29).
Join me next time for The Law of Empowerment Part 5