Heavenly Father, I know that Isaiah was speaking of the coming devastation of Judah by the Babylonian army in these verses but I couldn’t help but think about leadership in today’s world, especially the church.
In those days a man will say to his brother,“Since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!” But he will reply,“No! I can’t help. I don’t have any extra food or clothes. Don’t put me in charge!” —Isaiah 3:6-7
Gone are the days when people decide to become leaders because of a strong moral conviction to do the right thing. Now days there’s usually an ulterior motive– power, money, climbing the ladder, or personal agendas.
What happens when all the “perks” of leadership go away?
No money, no fame, no success plan?
Who would want to be a leader if there are no benefits?
Lord, as Your people, help us to rise to the occasion in these days of leadership famine. Help us put our selfishness aside. Make us givers instead of takers. Help us to serve others with a pure heart.
Lord, help us to say “yes, I’ll be in charge and lead others to You.”
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:26-27, Isaiah 13:1-16:14