Dear Sons and Daughters,
General Douglas MacArthur said, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
As leaders, we need to be ready and willing to stand alone, make tough decisions and at the same time have a compassionate enough heart to listen and love those we serve. Most of us are not born leaders, but we grow into good leaders because of the integrity of our character and our intentions and actions.
It’s not easy leading people who are rebellious, set on doing things their way and who are ready to blame and turn on you the minute things or circumstances become difficult. Moses was such a leader. He led the Israelites out from under the bondage of slavery, by demonstrating the awesome power of God over Pharaoh. While leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land, the people constantly complained and blamed him for all their problems. They even accused him of bringing them into the wilderness to kill them.
The worst occasion of their treacherous ways was the golden calf incident. Moses is on the mountain with God receiving instructions for the people. It’s been over a month since they last saw him, so the people begin to complain and rebel by telling Moses’ brother Aaron that Moses has abandoned them and left them to die in the wilderness. They asked Aaron to make them a god who could lead them. Aaron not being a strong leader succumbs to the pressure of the people. Weak leaders are always moved by what the people want and not what they need.
When the people began to worship the golden calf, God gave Moses the following instructions. “The Lord told Moses, ‘Quick! Go down the mountain! Your people whom you brought from the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.'” Exodus 32:7 (NLT) Note that God does not call the people His people, but the people of Moses, and attributes their deliverance to Moses. When Moses returns to the camp, the people are engaged in behavior that is not pleasing to God and Moses is angry.
Children, here is the lesson I want you to learn; this is important for those of you who are leaders. Moses was angry at the people, but he still found the time to intercede for the people. Don’t allow your anger toward those you lead cause you to forget to pray for them. Finally, lead them! Don’t focus on the betrayal or the disappointments, focus on what God has called you to do. Listen to God’s instructions to Moses after the incident with the golden calf.
“Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Look! My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins.” Exodus 32:34 (NLT)
Go and lead the people!
From My Heart!