THE PERFECT LEADERSHIP OF GOD- Why Doesn’t it always make sense?

May 6, 2012

THE LEADERSHIP OF GOD IS PERFECT –

But it doesn’t always make sense

We say it so easily..”Lord, I trust your leadership. Your leadership is perfect”. But the reality is that the perfect leadership of Jesus rarely makes sense to the natural mind or nor does it fit into our plans, dreams or ambitions we have for ourselves.  There are many examples of this in the scriptures.  Many stories of people’s lives changed forever due to the ‘perfect leadership of Christ’.  I think of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  We must remember she was in the perfect leadership of God when she was found to be pregnant and wasn’t yet married.  Ever wonder how many actually believed this story of her being impregnated by the Spirit of God?  Not many from what we read in the scriptures.  Even Joseph, the man she was to marry didn’t believe it at first and had to be convinced by an angel, Gabriel, that this was indeed God working through Mary to bring forth His Son. (Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 2:26-38)  Wonder how that must have felt to Mary..being misunderstood, talked about, having to endure the ridicule and stigma of being a “fallen woman” when she knew the truth of her pregnancy but no one believed her.  – Your leadership is perfect Lord, but this makes no sense!

What about Isaiah, the prophet?  “Isaiah, I want you to take off all your clothes, including your shoes and I want you to walk naked and barefoot for 3 years as a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia”. (Isa. 20:1-4) Ever think of the problems that probably caused Isaiah with everyone else in the community when he walked in obedience to what God called him to do?  I am sure it must have been much more than uncomfortable to submit to the leadership of God in this way…but he did it. Isaiah endured the shame, ridicule, misunderstanding and emotional pain.  –Your leadership is perfect Lord, but it makes no sense!

Take a look at Hosea. “Go marry a prostitute, Hosea, and have children by her as a testament that Israel has committed great harlotry and departed from Me.”(Hosea 1:1-9) – Even wonder how many young men would want to walk that assignment of the Lord out in their own lives?  Not many men are open to the idea of sharing their wives with one man let alone with many men as it seemed this was Gomer’s profession both before and even after she was married to Hosea. Ever wonder how Hosea felt about the “perfect leadership of God” under these circumstances?  A flood of emotional challenges come to my mind when thinking of this…both for Hosea, Gomer and their children. – Your leadership is perfect Lord, but it makes no sense.

Lastly look at Esther, pulled from her home to become latest queen of an ungodly king. She would be queen to a man who had just dismissed his last wife due to her refusing to parade herself as a piece of property to a group of drunken men.  Ever wonder what was going through Esther’s mind when she was being prepared to be presented to this egotistical king so he could make his choice of which young woman he would choose to be his next queen.  (Esther 2)   Pretty sure this was not what she had envisioned her wedding day to be like.  – Your leadership is perfect, Lord, but it makes no sense.

Each of the examples given were leaders being led by the Great Shepherd. Each was faced with a choice when it came to stepping out into the seemingly impossible realm of walking in obedience to God, The Father in the realms of faith.  As leaders each of us will be faced with what will look like “impossible” circumstances..Indeed many of us have already faced some or many of these.  Remember there is “no idle thing” each act of obedience creates an atmosphere for Christ to work. This brings deliverance, healing, salvation, and supernatural realms of faith to be walked in.  As leaders, we take nothing lightly for we know that everything we do is seen by God and man as either an act of the flesh leading to destruction or an act of faith leading to deeper revelation.  We get to choose by how we live and how we obey.

My prayer and desire for each of us is that we will take those seemingly impossible steps of faith and see them for what they are…divine opportunities to the glories of Christ.

Venetia Carpenter

Ecclesia International Ministries

ecclesiaministries@sbcglobal.net

 

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