Scriptures: 2 Samuel 3:20-30
Joab was a man with great potential. He was a true leader of men and David's main general. Yet, he did not make it on David's list of mighty men. Joab's life is an example to us: this lesson will study three characteristics from his life.
First, Joab's relationship were filled with conflict. Joab was determined to please himself: anyone standing between him and what he wanted was pulled into some type of battle.
His life was characterized by unhappiness. Joab tried to create happiness, but he could not always get what he wanted. Unhappiness comes from lust: literally meaning over desire or constantly wanting.
His prayer life lacked results. He prayed when he had problems. His prayer life was about satisfying personal desires and his prayer life never changed him as a person.
So what do we learn from Joab? The necessity of asking ourselves the following questions: Do many of my relationships end up in conflict? Do I spend too much time trying to create happiness? Is my prayer life powerful or powerless?