Leadership Lessons Part XIII: Ignoring Your Intuition

After David has lied to Ahimelek and Saul kills him for not reporting where David was (see the balance of 1 Samuel 22), David was informed that Ahimelek had been killed and his response was recorded for us in the last part of 1 Samuel 22:

“But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. 21 He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family. 23 Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.”

Through the death of another, David learned that his influence was far greater than his position. He knew better than to speak in front of Doeg and yet he ignored his intuition. He spoke anyways. His emotions got the best of him and instead of paying attention to his intuition, he spoke. Yes, Saul was responsible for Ahimelek’s death, but so was David.

As Christian Business Owners, our carelessness can cost others dearly in ways that we can never repay. Our words and actions matter. And when we ignore our intuition, we do so at our peril and usually to the peril of others. God gives us intuition for our own good. When we walk with the Holy Spirit, He informs and directs our intuition to better lead us.

In situations similar to what David faced, hold your tongue and pay attention to your intuition. You’ll be better off in the long run.