I’ve been watching over the past days, weeks, and months as our country moved into political turmoil. This election cycle has certainly been the most emotionally charged one in my lifetime. In all the political rhetoric, lobbing of insults, and game-playing we found ourselves struggling with a fundamental question: “What is a leader?” We’ve all come to our own conclusions on what is most important in the political arena. In God’s Church, though, the definition simply does not match up with the world…at least not today.
God’s picture of leadership is found throughout the pages of Scripture. In the Biblical times, God defined leaders as people who walked with God and led others to do the same. Joshua was this kind of leader. He trusted God. He followed God. Even when he failed, he repented of his sin, got back up, and got back into the game with God. Joshua truly walked together with God and helped others do the same.
After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance. The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel. Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. (Judges 2:6-9 NIV)
Godly leaders important in our lives. They show us that we can walk with God by walking with God themselves. They remind us that walking with God is far better than any other choices we can make. Their lives inspire us to walk with God, too. Godly leaders are a blessing.
How about you? Do you know any Godly leaders? Do they help you walk together with God?