If you take a causal walk down the self-help aisle of most book stores, you find shelves stocked full of books on leadership. A common principle in many of these books is the need to study the lives of leaders.
To accomplish this, you can thumb through the pages of the Bible where you will discover a long list of leaders. Some them are polished and practical; others are hopeless and hapless; but, the stories are fair a fair and balanced account that opens the door that reveals the skeletons in their closets.
Two of the better-known leaders are Saul and David. Saul, the first king of Israel, could whip most anyone, but his ego got the best of him. Samuel, the priest, issued a stern rebuke and no-holds-barred reprimand to King Saul: Now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee (I Samuel 13:14).
The man after God’s own heart was David, and he knew the key of his strength would be a dependence on God. David said: You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3).
Like David, we can and should, look to God for strength and guidance:
- Psalm 5:8: Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face.
- Psalm 25:5: Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.
- Psalm 23:2-3: He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
- Psalm 143:10: Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
When you begin to trust in the goodness of God, you hear the rhythm and cadence of His voice and begin to walk in step with Him—He leads; you follow.
Solomon said, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Are you a King Saul who continually tried to prop himself up with his own wisdom; or, are you a David who found a life of blessings by trusting God and letting Him direct his paths?
Who has your ear? Whose voice are you hearing? Which path in life are you walking? Are you following God’s lead?