Matthew 24:1-31; Numbers 25-27; Song of Solomon 6:4-8:4
“Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: ‘Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.’” (Numbers 27:15-17 NKJV)
The time had finally come. The wandering in the wilderness was over and it was time to enter the Promised Land. God told Moses to look at the land, and then he would die. An earlier sin meant that he wasn’t going to enter the Promised Land. Moses could have tried to bargain with God, pointing out all the times that he had led the people through difficult situations. He could have pointed out that when the people sinned, he stood in the gap for them with God. Instead, he spoke to God and asked God to give them a leader who would guide them so that they wouldn’t be like sheep without a shepherd. Moses had always fought for the people of Israel and this last request to God was designed to make sure that the Israelites had a leader who would keep them as the congregation of the Lord.
Good leaders, godly leaders, are hard to find. God had Joshua in store for the Israelites. He was the leader the people needed as they entered the Promised Land. Later leaders weren’t always as godly. It’s easy for leaders today to believe their own press clippings, especially if they control the media. We may see fewer godly leaders than we’d like in the political arena. Keep praying for them. Even if they’re evil? Even if they’re from the other party? Yes, keep praying for them. God can still work in them and through them. In the church, especially, godly leaders should be loved, supported and prayed for. They’re gonna make mistakes. Keep loving them. They’re not always going to agree with you. Support them. When they seek God’s leadership and act, follow them and keep praying for them. And if God calls you to lead, seek His leadership in all things and keep loving those people God has put under your care. If Moses could love and fight for the Israelites after all they did in rebellion, you can keep loving those people God entrusts you to lead.
Lord, when You call me to lead, let me seek Your guidance and lead with grace and dignity. I pray for the leaders in my church and ask that You continue to speak and lead through them. I pray for Christian leaders around the world that they may lead under Your guidance and proclaim Your kingdom. I pray for political leaders that they might seek You and always lead with grace and dignity.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.