” God is with us; He is our leader (II Chronicles 13:12a).”
Well, they finally did it. They made a decision.
Last night our local school board decided what to do about our homeless high school students. The high school building has been deemed unsafe, so the students had no place to go –until now.
The debate had been a hot one in town. There were a multitude of opinions as to what to do. None of the options really seemed optimum.
Finally, last night the school board decided to move the middle school students out of their relatively new building to an older one in the next town over, and give it to to the high schoolers. I personally don’t agree with the decision, but I understand the predicament the school board had to come up with an answer.
That’s why we elect our government officials. They have to make the tough decisions. In America, if we don’t like what our leaders decide, we can vote them out in the next election.
The people of ancient Egypt didn’t have that option. Their system of government put power into the hands of one man, the Pharoah.
Unfortunately for them, one particular one named Ramses proved to be a disaster. He made one bad decision after the other, disobeying God in all of them. Ultimately, his decisions led to the destruction of Egypt and mass death among his people (Exodus 12:29,30; 13:26-28).
The Bible is not clear if Pharoah died with his army in the Red Sea. However, if he survived I can’t imagine the people of Egypt having warm feelings toward the man. Perhaps they even revolted against his rule. Ramses had proved to be a completely untrustworthy ruler.
Leadership is not easy. It’s lonely at the top. If you have a leadership position, someone is not going to like your decisions. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
However, on some rare occasion a leader emerges who receives the adulation of us all. The Israelites learned from their experience with God in the matter concerning their deliverance from Pharoah that Moses was worthy of their trust.
The reason Moses was trustworthy was because he and God were joined at the hip. Mosed did exactly what God told him to do.
The true Leader in the matter concerning Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was God. He was the one who came up with the strategies and the resources to free the people from Pharoah’s grasp.
For example, God knew that the hearts of the Israelites were timid after 400 years of slavery, so He sent them on a route out of Egypt that was longer, but free of conflict. In addition, God had the Israelites reverse their tracks, making it appear to Pharoah that they were confused and easy prey for an attack (Exodus 13:17,18; 14:1-4).
Everyone knows the end to the Exodus story. Moses, at God’s direction, led the Israelites across the Red Sea on dry land, away from Pharoah and his army.
Moses encouraged the Israelites when they were afraid, telling them,”Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:13).”
It was Pharoah and the Egyptians who became confused and afraid when they saw that God was fighting against them. Pharoah’s minions were destroyed when God brought the waters back again on top of their heads (Exodus 14:24-28).
Moses had to be dragged kicking and screaming into his leadership position, but once he was there, he led. He led by listening to God, doing what He said, and encouraging his people to do the same. Moses trusted God and he instilled that same faith in the Israelites.
If God has given us a position of leadership, whether it be in the home, at work, or elsewhere, the best thing we can do is to follow Moses’ example. Like him, we ought to follow our Leader and encourage those in our charge to do the same.