Delegating what you are not supposed to

 Delegating what you are not supposed to

The King was supposed to be at the battle front, he decided to absent himself and the consequences were terrible.

He ended up coveting another man’s wife, slept with her and facilitated the death of her husband.

King David is the man we learn from today.

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent army Commander Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.”

2 SAMUEL 11:1

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, King David decided to stay at home.

He delegated at a time he wasn’t supposed to, he delegated what he was not supposed to and what was invited was his downfall.

The above verse shows that we should know when to delegate and what tasks to delegate.

There are battles which require your presence.

No matter how much you trust some leaders who are under you, there are certain tasks you need to avoid delegating to them by all means.

Make no mistake, Joab the army commander was a great warrior, but allowing him to lead the warriors at that time of the year was very wrong.

It was bad timing by the king.

My leader David, did you forget the time of the year it was?

It was in the spring of the year, the time when kings go out for battle.

A leader should always endeavor to be at the right place all the time.

If not careful, one mistake can be committed which can in-turn lead to more mistakes and the consequences can be fatal.

David who was a great warrior and shepherd-king, fearless even when outnumbered by the enemies, begun to be fearful.

He fearfully took a census.

He lost confidence and the man who attracted thousands of followers lost thousands of them.

It was not necessarily the beauty of Bathsheba which led to David’s fall, it was the issue of choosing to delegate what he was not supposed to and being at a wrong place.

Coveting another man’s wife, committing adultery and the murder of Uriah all sprung forth from this terrible mistake-delegating when and what was not supposed to be delegated.

The Independent Observer

John Sakala is a Journalist yearning for independent journalism

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