October 12, 2021
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 12 October 2021
Have you have ever considered the characteristics of those leaders found in Scripture who were most effective? Hebrews 11 contains the record of numerous leaders whose success received divine approval. For example, Noah displayed confidence and courage as a leader of his family despite personal ridicule. His confidence was the will of God in his life. He was obviously disciplined to complete the building of the ark. As the result of his leadership, his family was saved from God’s judgment and he “became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (v. 7).
Abraham is another example of courage as a leader. Certainly it was not easy for him to leave his homeland, but, as with Noah, Abraham was confident in God. His humility to live “as an alien in the land of promise” (v. 9) was a profound example to his son (Isaac) and grandson (Jacob). Abraham believed God’s promise of a son, knowing that he was to serve a unique role in the sovereign will of God. He displayed decisiveness in being willing to offer Isaac, the child of promise, since Abraham considered the power of God.
Perhaps the greatest leader mentioned in Hebrews 11 is Joseph. He displayed courage by always speaking the truth. Joseph’s faith was resolute even “when he was dying” since he “gave orders concerning his bones” to be taken from Egypt to the land of promise (v. 22). Joseph knew that God had used him for a unique mission.
Moses is an example of self-sacrifice. Although he could have enjoyed the pleasures of Egypt, he chose “rather to endure ill treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (v. 25). His faith in God and concern for the Lord’s people caused Moses to repudiate the treasures of Egypt. His humbleness to associate with the suffering people of God was transparent, and indicated his trustworthiness. He also displayed tremendous confidence to declare the will of God before Pharaoh.
Although Joshua is not mentioned in Hebrews 11, the event that began the conquest of the Promised Land is referenced. Joshua was a courageous leader to obey God’s command and “by faith the walls of Jericho fell” (v. 30). God gave the battle plan to the Israelites and Joshua led them in faith. Confidence in God caused Joshua to lead the people in what certainly appeared foolish as they encircled Jericho for seven days.
Another example of confidence and courage is Gideon who defeated the Midianites with an army of 32,000 that was reduced to 300. Samson demonstrated self-sacrifice by acting in the interests of others and being jealous for the glory of God to be made evident. David is a remarkable example of noble faith in how he defeated Goliath. He was one of the greatest military leaders of Israel during a time when the priesthood was characterized by spiritual impoverishment. There is no greater example of trustworthiness than the prophets; they were men who would rather die than speak falsely. There is also Rahab who was certain of God’s supremacy and who sought a solemn pledge from those she protected.
Each of the individuals of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 demonstrated that they knew God had a unique purpose for their lives. The individuals of Hebrews 11 demonstrated resolute leadership through courage of the highest degree in many difficult situations. They did act by faith, even in the midst of great difficulties, because their confidence in the Lord God was greater.
Hebrews 11:3 declares, “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” What that means is that God’s people entrust themselves to the faithful Creator who brought everything into existence, who is sovereign over all. He is able to bring those who belong to Him to their promised end. Whatever occurs in between is simply that God finds those trusting in Him to be faithful. Faith in God and his Word is what governs and controls every action taken and word spoken. If the Lord God chooses to provide deliverance from difficult circumstances, He is to be praised; if He chooses not to do so, let it be known that you will continue to serve Him.
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