In life we wear many hats. Some of us may be leaders of industry. Others may have our own section, our own sphere of influence. For most of us, that includes our families. As we lead, we realize that leadership is taxing, both on the body, as well as the spirit. Looking into the needs of others and balancing the demands placed on us from multiple quarters is draining. That is why we feel so much more relaxed when the burden of decision making is taken off our shoulders, and we get to follow.

The example of King Nebuchadnezzar describes how we sometimes experience leadership.

“…he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.” Daniel 4:33

Don’t we feel like that sometimes? All stressed out? But why did Nebuchadnezzar have such an experience? The Bible tells us that just before he went mad, he said,

“The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” Daniel 4:28

Nebuchadnezzar didn’t realize that the success that his leadership had, came from God. He attributed it to himself. So God let him experience just what things would have been like if he took hold of the reigns of leadership all by himself, without help from God. Indeed, the Bible tells us that subservience is in our nature, but leadership is a gift.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

The apostle Paul tells us here that we are created beings, made for a purpose. And there is a place for us “that we should walk in them”. So if we are created, it only stands to reason that we are to be subservient to the creator, made for a purpose. As the apostle Paul again tells us,

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” Romans 9:20-21

“As indeed He says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people’, and her who was not beloved, I will call ‘beloved’.” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.” Romans 9:25-26

Indeed, God is our creator and we are subservient to Him. It is in our nature to. That is why in Psalms 23, the Psalmist David likens us to sheep and shows us that we find rest when we follow the Lord.

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3

We are truly His sheep and it is when we allow ourselves to be led and we submissively follow that we truly are most comfortable and at rest.

But God also realizes that man has an ego. And because He loves us, He favors us; He puts creation at our command. First to Adam,

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

And then to Noah after the flood.

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are all given into your hand.” Genesis 9:1-2

What an awesome responsibility. The whole of creation, placed in the control of man, a mere piece is creation’s puzzle. What love, what favor we have with God!

But nonetheless, it is still against our nature to lead. Let us study the example of Moses, the one who went against Pharaoh and led Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Let’s see how he dealt with leadership.

Moses, when he was called by God at the burning bush, said,

“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

And again, later on in the conversation, Moses said,

“Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me,’ What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:13

And again after God has told Moses how to respond, he says,

“Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say , ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.” Exodus 4:1

And again, after God has shown him two signs to show to the people, Moses said,

“Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant ; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Exodus 4:10

And after God has told him what to say and given him the assurance of His presence, Moses finally says,

“But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.” Exodus 4:13

It’s not difficult to see how leadership is really against our nature. When it comes down to the crunch, most of us, like Moses, would really rather run away. But if we study God’s response to Moses, we can see how we should approach leadership. God said,

“So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you:…” Exodus 3:12

And God in Exodus chapter 3 verses 14 to 22, tells Moses exactly what to say. God also gives Moses the very signs to show the people in Exodus chapter 4 verses 2 to 9. Finally, God reassures Moses saying,

“So the Lord says to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, deaf, the seeing or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” Exodus 4:11-12

God goes with us, God tells us what to say, God shows us what to do. What blessed assurance! What comfort to know that in all situations, He is there with us, doing it FOR US!

Beloved child of God, as you are called to lead, know that you are not alone in your leadership. Yes it is lonely at the top. But you are not alone. God is with you at the top of your mountain. Rest in His love and provision and let Him lead you, even as you lead others.

If we watch children at play, we often see a leader in the pack. But have you ever wondered why children in the playground never suffer from anxiety attacks and need to see the shrink when they lead their peers? That’s because they know that at the end of the day, they have mummy and daddy whom they can run home to and have things set right again. So too we have our beloved heavenly Father who loves us and to whom we can run home to after we are done playing leader in our playground. So run home to Him today and let Him lead you.

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