lead by faith
By Scott Dyer
August 1, 2020
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2 Chronicles 30:1–31:21
I have heard lots of prayers for our leadership over the past four months or so. This year has definitely felt like the perfect storm, for many of us. It seems to me that the expression “when it rains it pours” had been waiting for 2020, to finally provide its true meaning.
Our world is dealing with a global pandemic, hundreds of years of oppression is bubbling to the surface, groups are being oppressed, the US economy just contracted by more thirty percent (three times worse than any other quarter since recording in the 1940s), people are lining up to receive food like never before, and hospitals are packed. What a nightmare for any leader!
Yet praying for our leaders and praying that God would give us the strength and trust to lead others to him in this time is exactly what we need to be doing!
Psalm 25 verse two says, “I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame.” I’m certain that twenty-five-year-old Hezekiah had his doubts that people would follow his leadership to turn all of Israel back to serving the Lord.
Nevertheless, Hezekiah led with faith that he was “doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord” and he led the people back to a celebration of the Lord, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Jerusalem since hundreds of years before when Solomon reigned. His leadership even led to people beyond his kingdom coming to the Lord.
Today, we have a great opportunity to lead like never before. All we have to do is take a deep breath, say “I trust in you,” and take the next step.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
— Romans 15:13
Prayer to start with: Lord, strengthen our leaders and fill them with wisdom. Let leaders turn to you in prayer as they are navigating these uncertain waters. We look up to your Lord as our constant guide. Amen.