Leaders are appointed by God
Romans 13 vs 1 “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
Have you ever wondered how leaders come to the fore? In every area of our lives we are either led or there is someone in authority hovering over us? We are literally surrounded by people who give us direction or are supposed to give direction.
Often times when we sit around and compare notes, our leaders bear the brunt of our jokes and our dislikes, we blame our failures and missed opportunities on them. We are always comparing, praying, wishing or plotting how they can be removed from their positions.
It could be your manager at work, or your supervisor who you so wish was not there, we often ask ourselves how they got to where they are. We question every decision they make and are always quick to oppose it on the basis that we know better and we could do better, if only our ideas could be taken and implemented. We are never short of ideas and solutions to every issue.
The most interesting thing is that in the midst of our cries and disapproval, have you ever wondered how one person can emerge amongst a million people or a group and stand out and become a leader? Is this done through human intervention and ingenuity, through someone sitting and plotting?
The truth that we sometimes want to run away from is that God ultimately appoints the leaders. He chooses, anoints and places. As hard as it may be to comprehend, that person who you totally dislike and wish the worst of, has been placed there by a greater authority than you and I can ever imagine.
Have you ever wondered how the biblical leaders, both good and evil, ended up in office? Did it happen as a result of their own means, through sheer conquest or did God allow it?
Many a character emerges through the biblical pages, they all served for varying periods of time, others with limited success, some with boisterous victory, some throwing the nation into chaos through their actions, nevertheless they were chosen by God.
God in His wisdom identifies an individual and allows them the honour of leading. The ones who succeed are the ones that keep their ears attuned to the will of God and remain humble, knowing that their appointment is divine.
We may be hurt by the actions of some, we may loath them, we may even want change, but for what God has chosen man does not have the means to dispose of. Therefore let us pray for our leaders, support them and let the Lord give them insight to lead as per His will. Let’s pray that they always seek Him because He gives counsel and guidance to those He has chosen.
So the next time you meet that person you don’t quite like but who is in a leadership position, encourage him and pray that he continues to be led by God. For He has seen ahead of us and He has decided that at this time, that particular individual will further His cause in a certain manner.
Although the decisions they make may appear terrible or devoid of reason in our eyes, let us believe that all things will work for good according to God’s will. He will bring everything together at the right time.
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