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By Chelsea Oliver
April 27, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.
Judges 7:1-8:17
Luke 23:13-43
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 14:7-8

I think we can all agree that we want our leaders to be successful, possessing wisdom and integrity. The leaders in our passages today didn’t always embody this very well. While reading, I was reminded that God was on the throne then, just as He is now, and He can use anyone to fulfill his plans and carry out his purposes.

In Judges 7 God appoints Gideon to defeat the Midianites with a drastically thinned out army, equipped with only trumpets and torches hidden in jars. God knew Gideon’s character and faith (he had previously tested God), and Gideon had to trust that He would use him to lead the Israelites to victory. In Judges 8 we’ll see the Israelites foolishly worship an ephod Gideon created. Knowing this, God still chose him to lead, allowing many years of peace for His people, despite their tendency to return to worshipping idols.

Luke 23 reveals the weakness of the Roman governor Pilate. He struggles, knowing in his heart that Jesus has done nothing to deserve death, and ultimately gives in to the demands of those who want Jesus crucified. Pilate lacked integrity, and as a result of his poor leadership, the one who holds all authority, the one true King, died for our salvation.

These passages convicted me. I’m not regularly praying for those in positions of power in our country - our president and his cabinet, our governor, members of congress, and other elected officials. God has, and He can and will use our leaders to accomplish His will. Politics aside, will you join me in praying that God will use them for His glory?

We are living in uncertain times, but we put our trust in the Lord. Take heart that the Lord reigns (Psalm 97:1) and that righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne (Psalm 97:2). We can be joyful that our King is faithful and righteous (Psalm 98).

Love, Chelsea

To memorize:
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
— Psalm 97:1