As I was again studying the life of Saul as a leader, these are just some of my thoughts about leadership that I hope will help us in our journey towards it.
Leadership thought #1: It is always God who establishes the one who is to be the leader.
In the life of Saul, one thing that’s clear is that it is God who established him as king.
Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you to be prince over his heritage. 1 Samuel 10:1
Whether people liked him or not. Still, it is God who established Saul’s authority. Whether you like the leader or not, he/she is a leader because God in His grace, allowed him/her to become one.
Here are other verses that speaks about God’s sovereignty over rulers and authorities;
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. Daniel 2:21
Leadership thought #2: A leader always needs to listen and obey God’s voice more than someone else’s voice.
Every time God establishes someone to a leadership position, that leader always has two decisions to make, everyday.
To listen to what God has to say or to listen to someone else’s voice. That leader has to choose between listening and obeying God or following his own voice and eventually following what other people will try to make him do.
The first one will lead that leader to great leadership. But the second one will eventually lead that leader to his or her downfall.
As leaders we have that decision to make. As followers, we all have the opportunity to pray for our leaders. To pray that more than anything else he/she will find wisdom from God, our ultimate leader!
So those were just some of my thoughts tonight, I wanted to post some more things about leadership (maybe I’ll post more this week) but I’m now so sleepy to do that. Goodnight!