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The joys of leadership!

Scripture reading for January 24: Exodus 16-18

For some reason, I’ve been in leadership positions all my life!  I’ve always felt inadequate.   As I’ve worked leading in various secular and church positions, I’ve become acutely aware of my inability to please everyone.  Moses soon learned this same truth!

In the passages of the last few days, God’s redeemed people were delivered from Egypt by a mighty act of power by the Lord, and then from Pharaoh’s pursuing army!  Led by Miriam, Moses’ sister, they danced in joy and sang a song of deliverance!  People sometimes expect everything to be handed to them and they will live happily ever after.  This picture is soon readjusted as troubles cause us to face reality.

A few days after the victory celebration, the Israelites faced hunger and began to grumble, blaming their leader Moses. (Exodus 16:3)  In spite of this, God met their need!  Next, they ran out of water and began to grumble again.  Their hearts were angry and hard and in blaming their leader,  they actually blaming God! (Exodus 16:8)

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, came for a visit to bring back Moses’ wife and two sons.  Jethro was thrilled to hear the stories of God’s deliverance through his son-in-law.  He observed Moses sitting in judgment with all the people coming to him with their complaints.  His advice to Moses was to raise up some helpers.  Moses should just handle the ‘hard’ cases and let the others do the rest!

Lessons for today are plain.  First, pray and obey before you complain!  When you grumble about your leader,  you are grumbling about God!  Listen to your leadership and support them by prayer and encouragement!  Don’t test or blame God; He is never at fault!  (He makes no mistakes)  If you are a leader, raise up those who can help you with the work.    Leadership can be a joy when you listen to advice.  The main one to please in all of this is God.

1 Corinthians 10:1–4 (NIV)

” For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”

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