In the early 1990s, a cruise ship ran into a terrible storm off the coast of South Africa. When the ship began to sink, the captain decided to abandon the ship and left with his officers, failing to let many onboard know of any problem.
A British musician, awkwardly noticed something was wrong and sent out a Mayday signal to the South African coast guard. With grace and courage, taking matters into their own hands, the Brit, his wife, and other entertainers onboard helped organize the evacuation of passengers assisting them into Coast Guard helicopters.
There are times those we look to for leadership can let us down. In 1 Samuel, King Saul and his officers faced the belligerent insults of the Philistine giant Goliath. Unfortunately, they responded with fear and a timid heart. It was a young musician and shepherd boy named David who had faith in God. This faith transformed his perspective on this threat. David said to Goliath, “You come to me with a sword . . . But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts”. We know David defeated the enemy and turned the tide of battle. He did not look to earthly leaders for his strength but to the living God.
When others let us down, God may be calling us to provide leadership in His strength and for His honor. Allow God to give us the courage to help others as we rely on the Lord’s strength which cannot fail.
Truly, it is only as we follow God can we lead others in the right direction. When have you been determined to walk in faith leading others in the ways of God? Please leave a comment, I will even write you back.
See you next Sunday.