Rule Over Us
THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, October 21, 2019
Month Theme: Focus
Topic: Rule Over Us
Scripture Reading: Judges 8:22-32
Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
True leaders help us to realise our potential so that collectively, our dreams are fulfilled. Rulers use other people to accomplish their selfish ambitions. The difference between rulers and leaders is that leaders walk hand in hand with their followers while rulers force their subjects to carry them. These subjects carry the burden of making the ruler comfortable.
What the people of Israel were demanding was not a leader, but a ruler (Judges 8:22). They reasoned that since Gideon had led them to victory, he deserved to be their ruler. If Gideon had accepted that position, it would have amounted to taking God’s glory. Gideon knew better. He knew that it was God who had brought deliverance to Israel. He even knew that he was not mighty in himself, but that it was God who strengthened him.
God stated clearly to Gideon that He did not want Israel to think that they had won the battle through their own strength (Judges 7:2). God was not ready to share His glory and Gideon was dead to the praise of men. Gideon knew that the ruler must be the one who gives the victory. No one qualifies for this high office except the Lord. God, as Ruler, may however, designate someone to act on His behalf as a leader. Such a person must hear from God and not men.
Prayer: Pray for the leader God has put over you that he’ll not metamorphose into a ruler.
“Pressure of the People” by Eastwood Anaba
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