As Moses led God’s people, the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, they were relieved and overjoyed at the newfound freedom that was finally within their reach. Sadly, they were blinded to the challenges that awaited them.
Within the verses of Numbers 20, we read the story of Moses and the Israelites in the desert. They were thirsty, complaining, and driving both Moses and Aaron crazy. Despite their previous experiences, they began to blame the brothers for their misery.
Rather than celebrate their freedom, they complained about their discomfort. They had exchanged their home in Egypt for tents in the desert. Their hunger was satisfied with manna and thirst quenched with water from God. Their impatience and frustration showed their lack of faith and trust in the leadership of Moses, Aaron, but more importantly, God.
Leadership is never an easy role for one to play. It comes with its ups and downs. Your abilities and qualifications will be criticized or questioned. You may even experience embarrassment, betrayal, or left standing alone.
Whether we lead at work; school; or church, we face the same scenarios but differ in the end result. The key component–our character. How we lead is what makes the difference between efficiency and deficiency.
Throughout the pages of the bible, God and His inspired scribes have penned the stories of the men and women chosen to lead the chosen people. Some led well like Noah, Esther, and Nathan while others stumbled like David and Solomon.
When we look closely at their stories, we can identify the characteristics needed for leadership. These men and women had faith and trust in God, humility, patience, courage, wisdom, kindness towards mankind, and strength. They were not leaders for the title, but called to take on the responsibility of evoking change for the common good. Nowadays, leaders are only seeking praise for themselves or the financial gain tied to the title. As a result of their misguided responsibility, every one else suffers.
True leaders must be prepared to deal with obstacles, challenging personalities, and even blame. Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Remember, a blameless leader is not a leader at all, because they don’t exist.
Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun