Don’t Shoot the Messenger

"And say to Amasa, 'Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if from now on you are not the commander of my army in place of Joab.' " 2 Samuel 19:3

Joab gives David the best advice a top adviser could give (by speaking frankly), and how does David reward him? David fires Joab and hires Amasa in his place. He was trusted and loyal to David, and still David ditched him. But fortunately we haven't seen the last of Joab because Joab was a very powerful military leader. As a king, I would want a Joab on my side, if not for any other reason than I wouldn't want him against me!

As a leader, you may be asked to accept difficult advice. David took the advice but fired the messenger. You and I need grace to accept difficult advice without being hurt by the messenger giving it. Pray that you will be able to do that in the little things. If someone is speaking frankly with you, take the advice and cherish the friendship. It probably took the person a lot of courage to challenge you. You need that kind of counselor in your life. We all do.

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