The importance of leadership – Judges 17

“In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” (Judges 17:6)

In this chapter, there was a man named Micah who had stolen 1,100 pieces of silver from his mother. When he heard that his mother had placed a curse on the thief, he came to her and admitted his wrong, and returned the money. So she forgave him and in honour of her son for returning the money, she had an idol made for 200 silver coins, and gave it to him. So Micah set up the idol, made an ephod and made his own priesthood. He even found a Levite to serve him as priest, and thought that God would surely bless him for his sake.

The key to this chapter is in verse 6, where all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes, because they had no king to lead them. In Proverbs, it says that people may be pure or right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their hearts and truly knows ones state. People do what is right in their own eyes for two reasons: either they have no leader available to tell them the truth, or they won’t submit to authority and choose to do what they think is right. But the truth is, we all like sheep, have gone astray, each one to his own way…and we desperately need a shepherd. Jesus, ultimately is our Good Shepherd we receive our guidance from, but He raises up shepherds to lead His sheep. Also in Proverbs, it says where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint, or they perish. Leaders cast vision and help the people stay focussed. So obey and respect your leaders, submit to their God given authority, and you won’t do what seems right in your own eyes, and die- you will obey the truth and live. And if you are a leader, a stricter judgement is on you, so make sure you lead in truth. Study to show yourself approved, a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth- amen.

“Lord, I thank You for the importance of leadership in the church, for without godly leadership, the people will cast off restraint and perish. Without the truth of the Word of God, people will easily be deceived into going their own way, not Yours. Help me to be the leader You’ve called me to be, to study hard, seek You diligently, so I may lead Your people in the ways of truth that is only found in Your Word- in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*Prov 3:7; 12:15; 16:2; 21:2; 29:18; 30:12

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