142. Now you yourself know what Joab did to me (1 Kings 2:5).
David regrets not having dealt with Joab. His General had eliminated the competition for David’s military trust and had killed good men. But David had never dealt with him, probably because of fear for his throne. He had allowed this strong man to remain, mainly because Joab was on his side. But now, he encourages Solomon to deal with Joab, to remove his influence and wicked heart from the kingdom–which Solomon will do. The sad reality here is that what a leader fails to deal with, his successors will have to clean up. When a leader doesn’t take care of things in a timely manner, they become more difficult for him to deal with, and often he never does.