2 Sam 12:5-7
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan , As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
There is perception that the power of a position or the power of the person whether physically or positionally allowed them to get away with thing’s that are known to be unethical or immoral.
David slowly allowed himself to think that his position placed him above his morals. His position was caused by the immorality of Saul but the success that God allowed him to experience caused him slip into carelessness. David won so many consecutive battles that he assumed in his sub-conscious that it was his skill set; rather then the power of God.
We should understand as leaders that we are still in a submitted position under the power of God and what we accomplish is by the grace of God. We should daily remember that we must “give account” to a Holy God for our actions and decisions.
The thing that really blessed me about David was his repentance once the prophet brought it to his attention. He was so covered up in his position that he really did not realize how far he had drifted from the will of God. The Prophet Nathan pointed the error of his ways and David immediately repented. God said that David was “ a man after his own heart”. This means David once corrected, valued his God more the perceived success of his flesh.
If we asked David how to be successful in the 21st Century, he would say“success in your century is determined by the same marker that caused success in my century and that is obey God and honor God in your position of leadership”.
Jesus Is The Christ