woman struggling with figures February 3 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today's Bible reading: Exodus 4:18- 6:27; 1Chronicles 6:1-4a; Exodus 6:28- 7:13

Early Leadership Struggles

You are called of God to do something, yet early on you experience difficulties. You are discouraged. Did God call you to do this or not? If he called you to do this, why are you experiencing so many difficulties? Shouldn't all your efforts be blessed? If you have felt this way, join the club. God is testing your faith and your tenacity. You may believe something is God's will, but others may be slower to buy into it. They will have to be shown that this is God’s will and that he has chosen you to lead. Today's Bible study will give us some understanding of early leadership struggles and how God can help.

The Need for Leadership

After almost 400 years, God said he was concerned about Israel's bondage and cruel treatment. Why did he wait so long? According to Genesis 15:16, in God's great compassion he was giving the Amorite nation living in the land of Canaan opportunity to repent before wiping them out. Furthermore, it is stated in Exodus 2:23 that Israelites were now crying out to God. Perhaps before then Israel did not fully appreciate their desperate plight and cry out to Him. Is there a need for leadership in our lives? Are people crying out to God for it? God wants to be needed.

God saw the misery of his people; He heard their cries concerning their slave drivers. He was concerned about their sufferings. God came down to rescue them. The many times that God used the personal pronoun "I" in Exodus 3:7-10 shows how God was going to be personally involved in rescuing the Israelites. There are times when we personally come to the rescue of our children because it is important that our children know that “Dad did this for me” or “Mom did this for me.” In a weak likeness of God we do things for them that they cannot do for themselves. Their dependence and humble gratitude brings them closer to us. Consider helping your family. Choose the right time to help lift burdens they cannot lift themselves so that they will be grateful. God came to the rescue of his children who were enslaved and unmercifully abused. He was going to do something only God could do. They cried out to him and God heard.

God Chooses Leadership

God was going to use Moses to lead them out of bondage. Moses, however, was a reluctant messenger. He had no confidence in himself or his abilities, so he asked God to send someone else to deliver the Israelites. God was angry with Moses because He gives the ability to lead, but he capitulated. God finally convinced Moses to go by telling him that He would appoint his brother Aaron as the main speaker and that He (God) would help them. God will give us the ability to do his will if we will trust him.

Adversity in Leadership

When Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, they encountered adversity as God said. The people of Israel were encouraged by the hopeful words of Moses and Aaron, but Pharaoh, however, did not know God or fear him. When Pharaoh did not listen to Moses and Aaron but increased the work load and misery of the Israelites, they were more downcast than ever, and they blamed God’s messengers. Now they lost their credibility with the Israelites. Moses was discouraged and disillusioned. Hadn't God sent them to deliver the Israelites? Moses should have expected opposition because God told him it would be so (Exodus 3:18-20). Now, God was going to get greater glory by delivering his people with a mighty hand and in such a way that the Israelites would know God was personally delivering them (Exodus 6:1-8). God was revealing himself to the Israelites as more than just the Almighty God; He was showing them He is Yahweh (LORD), the personal, faithful, and covenant keeping God. Perhaps immediate answers to our prayers are not always forthcoming because God is going to deliver us in a much greater way. It is then that we will glorify and know him personally. Do you know him? (more...)

Tenacity in Leadership

In Exodus 6:28-7:13, we see why Moses was chosen to lead God's people out of Egypt - he obeyed everything God commanded him. He stuck to his task and went back to Pharaoh, willing to face more rejection, if necessary, to do the will of God. What about us? Leadership requires the ability to not be easily dissuaded from a purpose or mission, even in times of adversity. As we gain more experience with leadership, tenacity becomes easier.

Lessons to live by:

  • It takes time, patience and dependence on God to sustain you through the stages of early leadership; people must become convinced that God is leading you.
  • God will give us the ability to do his will if we will trust him.
  • Sometimes immediate answers to our prayers are not always forth coming because God is going to deliver us in a much greater way. It is then that we will glorify and know him personally. Do you know God? He offers us forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life. He answers prayers (more...).
  • Leadership requires tenacity.

Today’s Bible Memory Verse:

Psalm 31:3 “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” (NIV)

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