Fathers, Lead Well in Your Homes

Colin Smith | June 20, 2015

The description of David as “a man after God’s heart” was used first by Samuel when he informed Saul his kingdom would not continue. “The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart,” he told Saul (1 Sam. 13:14). Now, this does not mean David was perfect. Far from it. He was a strong-willed, sometimes impulsive man who accomplished great things and also had great failures. Sometimes we learn from him by example, and other times we learn from him by contrast.

Fathers, in particular, have much to learn about leadership from the life of David.

Two Images of Leadership

David was an extraordinary leader, and in his last words he described the marks of effective leadership: “When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth” (2 Sam. 23:3–4).

At least two images of effective leadership emerge from David’s life:

1. The light of morning at sunrise. This is a picture of hope. It’s been a long dark night, but the spirits of everyone are lifted when the sun rises on a cloudless day. This…

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