Leaders Need the Ahithophels And Zachariahs to Succeed

Counsel of Ahithophel:

Counsel Of AhithophelCounsel of Ahithophel is an important portion in the bible. And as a matter of fact it has taken prominent portion in prayer points in churches. So it is a common thing to find believers praying against the counsel of Ahithophel. This is because they think that the counsel of Ahithophel is a very dreadful counsel.

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The prayer against the counsel of Ahithophel in the churches is as a result of the myopic perspective of some believers. And because of this negative perspective many believers see the counsel of Ahithophel as an evil counsel. They blindly borrow a leaf from King David without proper investigation of Ahithopel’s antecedents. The verse below is the prayer King David prayed.

“And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.  And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.”

2 Samuel 15:31

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I think before we proceed further we should look at this bible character called Ahithophel and examine his personality and antecedents. The first time Ahithophel was mentioned in the bible was as stated in the quotation below.

“And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices.  And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.”

2 Samuel 15:12

Ahithophels Antecedents:

Prior to this time nothing was heard about Ahithophel; though he was among the strong men in the cabinet of King David. However, according the verse above, he was David’s counselor. The job of a counselor is to proffer advice about a situation at hand and how it could be resolved. The job of a counselor is very vital because his advice can lead to doom or victory. And because of this, good and tested advisors are sought after because they are the strong bone of any administration.

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Though, nobody knew the exact time Ahithophel joined King David’s administration. The fact on ground is that his administration has been successful till the time Absalom appeared in the scene. For a young man who desired to overthrow his father to seek for the support of Ahithophel means that he trusted him and knows that he can deliver. When he joined the camp of Absalom, the verse above says “And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.” This shows that Ahithophel is a strong factor in the things of governance and should not be ignored. King David further proved this point to be true by the prayer he prayed below.

“And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.  And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.”

2 Samuel 15:31

Counsel Of Ahithophel Is Exact:

The prayer above is an indication that King David understood the weight of the counsel of Ahithophel. As a result he didn’t take it lightly hence he has to implore the service of God to turn it into foolishness. Notice that there’s a remarkable statement made about Ahithophel in the bible and that is as stated below.

“And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.”

2 Samuel 16:23

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So, the counsel of Ahithophel was seen as an enquiry at the oracle of God. This shows the class and weight of his counsel. Now, the book of chronicles recorded that Ahithophel was in the administration of King David during the days of Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar. See 1 Chronicles 27:34. It’s on record that King David had successful military campaigns and won almost all the wars he engaged in. This implies that the success of the war campaigns were as a result of the counsel of Ahithopel. So David’s administrative success can be hinged on the counsel of Ahithophel during his time.

The Counsel Of Ahithophel Promotes Administrations:

The candid truth is that any administration that performs well is an indication that the caliber of counselors in it is superb. When a king or leader has good advisors he excels better than others. The bible spoke of another counselor called Zachariah. Though, Zachariah was not a political counselor but a spiritual counselor and in his days with King Uzziah, the king did well. Let’s see what the bible says about him below.

“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did. And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.”

2 Chronicles 26:4-5

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The Ahithophels and Zachariahs Are Needed:

The fact is that every leader whether political or spiritual needs the counsel of Ahitophel and also the likes of Zachariah. The counsel of Ahithophel should not always be prayed against. The prayer should be that God should bring the kind of people that can give the counsel of Ahithophel around us. It is good to pray for them to come around when we need them. And then pray against them if they are in the camp of our enemies.

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Notice that if Absalom had taken the counsel of Ahithophel that night he would have caught his father and the kingdom would have been his. Also, notice that if Zachariah had remained the spiritual advisor of Uzziah the mistakes he made wouldn’t have come up. Therefore, leaders should pray for discerning spirit in order to fish out the Ahithophels in their countries and make use of them to better and organize their society.

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