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Walk Your Talk

"Far be it from me!" Joab replied, "Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!" 2 Samuel 20:20

Joab was the commander of King David's army. He was also the king's cousin. He was very successful; however, if I had him on my team, I would be careful about trusting him.

His success came with a price. Most who threatened his place in David's kingdom met an untimely demise.

The former commander of King Saul's army, Abner, was murdered by Joab. Although it was done to avenge the death of Joab's brother Asahel, it is interesting to consider the fact that Joab killed the primary threat to his position. When Absalom rebelled against the king, it was Joab who ignored David's order and killed him. And now, Amasa, the man appointed by Absalom to replace Joab as the commander of Israel's army stood in his way. King David had determined that Amasa would remain as commander, but Amasa died at Joab's hand.

Although Joab said the right things and succeeded in his endeavors, I wouldn't have trusted him. However, David did.

No matter how much I think of King David (he is a man I want to emulate), this is an area of disagreement. Too often I feel David didn't fully consider how others reflected upon his leadership. A man of integrity would be wise to surround himself with other men of integrity. Yet David's primary focus was on success. Joab delivered, so David looked the other way at times. How would things have been different if David had taken the high moral ground? Would there have been the same turmoil in his kingdom?

Lord, help me to learn from David's liaison with Joab. I don't think Joab was trustworthy, but I don't know if I would have had the courage to replace him. David was a great leader, but even great leaders make poor choices. Help me to make the right choices. Make me a man of integrity. Surround me with others of integrity. Surround me with men who walk their talk.

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