But even with that in mind, there’s something to be said about how God chose leaders in the Bible. He almost exclusively elected undeserving, unsuspecting, under-qualified people to make his moves and write his story. They’re never perfect. They’re usually kind of a mess, actually. Often selfish. Sometimes adulterous. Murderers. Liars. Yet, God is immensely strengthened in their weaknesses and deservingly glorified. Because he’s sovereign. Because he’s not surprised by our sin. He doesn’t need us. He doesn’t count on us; we count on him.
When I read these chapters today, I couldn’t stop thinking ahead to Saul’s downfall. God hand-picks him to become king, anoints him and changes his heart. This is best-case scenario for how a leader could get chosen! Then (spoiler alert) he caves in on himself, rebels and ultimately rejects God. We’ll come back to this, it gets good.
Today I’m reminded that when God extends any sort of authority to me (these days it’s motherhood and tending to usually-dehydrated plants), I shouldn’t run (or dive into piles of baggage). I should take God-given responsibility quite seriously, with great humility and reverence to God.
How do you respond to what God’s appointed you to?
Take a minute and pray about it, and while you’re at it, pray for those He has appointed over you in your life too.