Much is Expected — 2 Samuel 19:1-15
A true leader cannot simply remove his mantle of leadership in tough times. In national crises, a leader of the nation must lead – even when he is also suffering a personal crisis. And so it was with David. David lost his son not just as an adversary but forever with his death and apparent unbelief. This loss affected the king greatly and so it also affected the people and even those who had risked their lives for the king. He had to turn his attention to them.
Leadership cannot happen apart from the support of others. It takes the Holy Spirit to help a mere man shepherd the sheep in a local church. Here, God used another flawed leader to snap David’s attention back to his responsibilities. Joab rebuked the king and David, though without a recorded verbal response, went down to his post with the people and began to seek a reuniting of Israel. Was David healthy and whole? Probably not. Was he able to lead? Yes. Filled with the reality of his personal suffering, he nonetheless, with the help of others and stronger together, was able to resume leading the people. He had to rely on God for His strength to lead.