THEME: LEADERSHIP AFTER GOD’S HEART
1 Samuel 15:20-22
“And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”
-Last week we evaluated the different categories of political participants, and the link between church and politics. This week we will discuss leadership after God’s hearts, and this will guide us in different levels of political participation, as we seek the will of God. Leadership after God’s own heart was ordained and identified by God Himself at the time of David’s promotion. King Saul was instructed to destroy everything and everyone during the conquest between Israel and the Amalekites, but he spared the best of livestock and king Agag. It is true that king Saul partially obeyed the voice of God by going for battle, and the Lord still disapproved of his leadership. We note that, partial obedience is still disobedience. Earlier, king Saul had offered a sacrifice in place of Samuel the priest and prophet, in anxiety that his kingdom would be destroyed by the Philippines (1 Samuel 13:14). King Saul delighted himself in appeasing God by sacrificing burnt offerings, but the Lord desires obedience more than sacrifice. Therefore, king Saul lost his rulership to king David. Obedience is prime to being a leader after the heart of God. Disobedience has been likened to the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry, and false religion (1 Samuel 15:23). Therefore, obedience and humility also shows true faith in God. We are called to seek the will of God and obey His will in all circumstances. Just like David who sought the Lord and did His will, we are called to fully obey the will of God. Proverbs 14:12 reminds us that we should not rely on our own ways for it may seem right but it’s end may lead to death or undesirable results. As leaders, God calls us to seek His will and direction always, for it is the Lord who places us in leadership position. We note that we are all leaders but in different spheres; in our professions, our families, our communities, societies, churches, etc. As voters we should ask for the will of God to prevail and in our election, and vote for the right leaders. We should also train our hearts to obey the law of the Lord like David always asked God to teach him His ways and to help him to fear the name of the Lord (Psalms 86:11, psalms 25:4).
Abba Father we thank You. You have been a good God. You have been a faithful Friend and Father. You have taken good care of us. You have provided for us, protected us, preserved us, sanctified us, healed our wounds, guided our steps and given us peace. May Your peace prevail in our lives, homes, families, relationships, marriages, work places, schools, and nation, Prince of Peace. May You guide our steps this entire week and month, and lead us in the way that we should go. Some ways may seem right to us but they may lead to death, may You show us Your ways of righteousness and life. May You guide our steps and shepherd us in all our decisions. Teach us to fear You and to obey Your will fully dear Jesus. Teach us to do Your will Holy Spirit. As leaders in various levels, may You guide us with Your wisdom. As voters, may You show us Your desired choice during the coming general elections. May You cleanse us and wash us from all iniquities. May You teach us to love You and follow You with all our hearts. All glory, honor, power and praise belongs to You dear Jesus, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 16:25, Revelation 13:15
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