Have confidence in your leaders… (Heb 13:17)
I wonder where you draw your confidence from?
There’s no doubt that in recent times there’s been a rising level of uncertainty and hesitation regarding those in positions of power. Whether it’s a professor, a prime minister, or a preacher, I think anyone can easily become anxious when looking at “God’s chosen leadership.”
I mean, nobody’s perfect after all.
At any rate, I think it’s important we realize that while all leadership is put in place by God (Rom 13), it’s not put there in place of God.
God’s not going anywhere. Regardless of who’s been put “in charge,” He is still in control.
If anything, I’ve learned that He can use any “unqualified” leader to help put your faith back in Him. So don’t look to man, look to God!
I know, it’s a lot easier said than done.
Nevertheless, it’s shocking to observe just how many people today seem to base their confidence in a leader solely on the “competence” of that leader — which really translates to “I won’t be led by you, you’re not who I think you should be.”
Don’t get me wrong: while I understand their logic, I just don’t see how that way of thinking leaves any room for God in the equation.
If our belief is that God can only get the job done using “qualified” leaders — those we feel meet a certain criteria and/or qualification — then what merit would Moses have carried when it came to freeing Israel from the hands of the greatest superpower of that time?
Consider for a moment that he was negotiating the release of more than 600,000 slaves with no money or military.
I mean, Moses brought a stick to a gunfight.
Isn’t it obvious?
The Israelites didn’t place their confidence in Moses’ abilities and/or qualifications, but in the God who called him and was working on their behalf.
So while you may be wondering how God could ever use you or your leader — maybe you feel they’re unqualified, too young, too old, too disorganized, too abrasive, too weak, inexperienced, and the list goes on — let’s stop to consider that God has never relied on anyone’s skill to do his will. In fact, He specializes in using imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will.
Just look at Noah. His weakness for wine got him drunk and naked. It’s just too bad that he didn’t trade in his wine for some windex — it could have kept him from streaking. (Genesis 9:20-22)
What about Abraham? He was way too old to be having kids, let alone making ‘em. I mean, that’s just nasty. (Genesis 17:19-22)
Jacob was a liar and an ancient-day thug, and after God threw out his hip, he even had the limp to go with it — also proof that God really can use hipsters. (Genesis 32:22-32)
Moses stuttered. (Exodus 4:10)
Samson had long hair. #manbun (Judges 16)
And don’t even get me started on Lazarus — the guy was a real deadbeat — I mean, he was literally dead, and yet, isn’t it incredible how God found a way of using them all?! (John 11)
You see, when we make the mistake of placing our confidence in a leader based solely on their qualifications, we are placing our stock in a man’s ability rather than God’s. That’s why it’s important that we understand it will require faith to follow any leader that God has put over us, some more so than others.
Just think about it, when you see leaders in a moment of humanity, and are exposed to their inconsistencies and inadequacies, you will be faced with every reason why it shouldn’t work out. That’s when your faith in God’s ability to use them will be required.
So before you make any hasty decisions to write off the people that God has called to lead you, consider this: if God could use Balaam’s donkey to accomplish His purposes (Numbers 22), surely He could use any “donkey” of a leader to do the same.