SUNDAY 7 August, 2016
As the people of Israel began to unite, they wanted to bring David back to his palace. But they had not yet received word from the elders of Israel. Think about that––this is something they should have done immediately. What was their delay? This was not a time for indecisiveness; everyone was left waiting and the matter of the king’s return left unsettled.
King David, as Israel’s leader, took the necessary action and sent word to the priests. Through these faithful men, he addressed the elders of Israel’s indecision. The people needed their king; he would be able to restore unity and stability in the kingdom of Israel.
Indecisiveness is a bad quality in a leader. Leaders need to take the initiative and be able to make good decisions because people naturally look to them for guidance. But leaders must look to the Lord for the wisdom in leading others. Proverbs 2:6 tells us: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”
Nehemiah was an excellent leader. He had heard that the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. As the walls lay in ruins he first sought the Lord in prayer (Nehemiah 1:4-11). Through his leadership and the Lord’s provision he was able to unite the people to build the city in fifty two days (Nehemiah 6:15), amazing!
The Church is in need of strong leaders. He has called us to build His kingdom by sharing the knowledge of the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20).
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