They Want a Human Shield

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Month Theme: Focus

Topic: They Want a Human Shield

Scripture Reading: Judges 8:22-32

Main Text:
Judges 8:22
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.

When Israel was oppressed by Midian for seven years, it was Gideon who God chose and empowered to bring about deliverance. With three hundred men, he marched on the Midianites and completely destroyed them. By this act of bravery he naturally won the hearts of his people. Consequently, they sought to make him a ruler over them (Judges 8:22). The people were overwhelmed by Gideon’s courage. They immediately concluded that he must be the judge (ruler) over them.

Many people lack the boldness to face life on their own. They want someone else to motivate them. They want someone on whom they can depend. These people do not want to trust God and take their own destinies into their hands. They would rather hide behind people and if all goes well, they don’t mind if these people take the “glory,” and the greater share of the reward. They rationalise, “At least a little blessing will trickle down to us. If things fail, we have nothing to lose”. This passive attitude towards life makes many people pressure others to lead them. Gideon was saddled with people who wanted someone who could face risks to go ahead of them.

We must learn to be responsible for our actions. There are certain people who run away from every responsibility given them in the church. They choose to stay in the background and elect others to lead them. Leaders are important in every sphere of life, but we must not use them as human shields. If we have a leader, it must be because we want to cooperate with him for our mutual good. We must not place a ruler over us because we want to avoid responsibility.

Prayer: Pray for the wisdom and boldness to reject pressure generated from irresponsible people.

Recommended Reading:
“Pressure of the People” by Eastwood Anaba
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