LEADING WITH GOD’S FEAR – By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memory Verse: 2 Samuel 23:3:“The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”
Read: 2 Samuel 23:1-4
2 Samuel 23:1-4“Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”
In Exodus 1:15-21, a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph came on board and passed a decree to kill all male Israelites that were born. We see here that power must be balanced with the fear of God for it to be productive. It occurred to me that if we leave the government of our nation in the hands of someone who lacks the fear of God, we are all bound to pay dearly for it. Even unborn children and many innocent people will suffer for it. This is why we should obey 1 Timothy 2:1-3. Verse 2 of that scripture says we should pray:“For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
That means the level of peace and quiet we experience in our nation is a function of the amount of quality prayers rendered on behalf of our leaders. Some believers tell you they are not interested in politics. They do not care who rules over them. Yet, they complain of excessive taxation, bribery and corruption, and misrule of such rulers. If you do not pray for those who lead you, then you have lost your right to complain.
Beside those in secular government, you must equally prayerfully determine who becomes your next General Overseer, Senior Pastor or Pastor. If the wrong fellow takes up any of these ecclesiastical positions, you will surely suffer. Pray that God will never allow anyone who lacks the fear of God to rule over you. This also applies to the one you accept to be your husband. If he lacks the fear of God, that home is doomed. Wake up today and start to pray! You would be amazed how much you can achieve through prayer. Your prayer can affect who governs you. Use this power to get the appropriate candidate that will bring joy to you and it will be well with you. As a student, you can prayerfully ask for the right teacher, lecturer or supervisor that will be instrumental to your success. Start to ask the Lord for a leader with the fear of God from now on.
- A leader who fears God is both accountable to God and the people under him or her. Ask that only such leaders will govern your life and nation from now on.
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 26-28.