| 24 May 2013 |



*Israel Routs the Philistines*

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and
ran. *52 *Then the men of Israel and Judah gave a great shout of
triumph and rushed after the Philistines, chasing them as far as

*]* and the gates of Ekron. The bodies of the dead and wounded
Philistines were strewn all along the road from Shaaraim, as far as
Gath and Ekron. *53 *Then the Israelite army returned and plundered
the deserted Philistine camp. *54 *(David took the Philistine’s head
to Jerusalem, but he stored the man’s armor in his own tent.)

*55 *As Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked
Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young

“I really don’t know,” Abner declared.

*56 *“Well, find out who he is!” the king told him.

*57 *As soon as David returned from killing Goliath, Abner brought him
to Saul with the Philistine’s head still in his hand. *58 *“Tell
me about your father, young man,” Saul said.

And David replied, “His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem.”


The success of Philistines clearly lay with one individual. The whole
army turned and ran when just one of their men were killed.

A saying exists that a team is only as strong as its weakest link. We
forget that, and we tend to think we’re as strong as our strongest.
What that does, is it puts pressure on the most gifted, or hardest
working in a group, and allows others to coast under the radar. When
that team leader at work resigns, suddenly the pressure is on and a
‘successful team’ is revealed to be weak. When a team member at
University of school changes courses, suddenly the rest of the team
realize they don’t know the work and their success lay with the
strongest member, resulting in their now failing a course. When a
great worship leader changes cities, the worship team realizes that
services have been flowing smoothly because of the extra time and
effort one individual has been putting in. Get the point?


We are all called to give our best! Even if you are not the strongest
person in your team, ministry or organization – work as if you are.
Practice harder, study more, put more time and effort in. That way,
when your ‘champion’ is out of the picture, there is a whole team
full of champions ready to step up and claim victory.


Lord please forgive me for times when my work ethic was not pleasing
to you. Help me to always give my best when working alone, or with
other people, so that you are always honoured. Amen.

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