March 12, Leadership

Today’s reading: Psalms 56-60

“Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth” - Psalm 58:1-2.

God is watching the ethical behavior not just of leaders who know and serve Him, but also of all leaders. God is a leadership God, which means He promotes leaders to their positions, no matter what the sphere of influence. He then expects those leaders to serve the people and not themselves, and to carry out His will. If you don’t believe that, look at Jeremiah, Isaiah or the other prophets and see how often they addressed not just Israel but the other nations. The Lord even refers to Cyrus, a heathen king, as “His shepherd”: “[the Lord] who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, ‘Let it be rebuilt,’ and of the temple,’ ‘Let its foundations be laid”’ (Isaiah 44:28). If you are a leader, are you mindful that God is watching you and will hold you accountable, no matter where you lead? If you are an aspiring leader, then are you learning what God expects of you when you obtain a leadership role?