Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Taking Charge

This is Deborah's victory song as a judge of Israel. It's written and sung after their defeat of King Jabin after years of tyranny for Israel. The song speaks/sings of the battle Israel won.

This verse jumped out to me because it's about leaders and what happens when leaders lead. Note that it's the first words of the song too:

"Israel's leaders took charge."

That's what leaders do. But that's also what people need (and want). People without leaders are like sheep without a shepherd. They wander around malnourished and vulnerable to attack. That pretty much described Israel at this time.

Note that the people "gladly followed" Deborah and Barak. This tells me a few things:

* The people trusted these leaders.
* The people agreed with where they're leaders were going.
* The people were eager to follow their leaders.
* There was a leadership vacuum needing to be filled.
* The people were so desperate for a good leader that they willingly followed a woman into battle in a day when women were not seen as men's equal. And yet even warriors followed.

God doesn't just need leaders--he needs leaders who trust and fear Him. Leaders who shepherd their people well--not use and abuse.

Make no mistake--leaders are essential. And people want them so badly, they'll even follow bad ones.

What is God saying to you right now? Pause, think about it.

What are you going to do about it?