“In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In it he wrote, ‘Put Uriah in the front line where fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.’”— 2 Samuel 11:14
Have you ever disagreed with your leader? Impossible deadlines, unclear strategy or lack of preparation occur with poor leadership decisions.
When my team fails by a decisive margin, or I hear miscommunication on our bench, I know the team has failed because of me. It is my job to prepare the team for competition. Yet, despite their coach, my players are to play to their full potential; anything less squanders their gift given by God.
Poor leadership doesn’t begin to explain Uriah’s situation. King David had decided to murder one of his commanders. God gave Uriah the ability to act decisively on the battlefield. Uriah was a warrior, one of David’s mighty men.
The text decides not to expand on the incident, but with his battle experience Uriah could have recognized the plan once he saw fellow soldiers withdrawing, leaving him in the midst of the enemy. Did he go down swinging or give up without a fight? Through a messenger to King David, we learn Uriah took the fight to the city walls of Rabbah, which was being defended by archers.
God didn’t judge Uriah for David’s failures. Uriah was unique in God’s eyes. Uriah had his own ups and downs, successes and failures. He will be judged for what was in his heart.
We were each made to worship God with the abilities we were given, regardless of the circumstances and regardless of the leadership placed in our lives.
— Alan Morgan
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