Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 9, 2012

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

"The Lord will fight for you"........!

I like the sound of that! That sounds hopeful!

You would expect nothing less from a great leader like Moses, because one of the traits of a good leader is - THEY INSPIRE HOPE!

This is the third installment in a study of leadership from the life of Moses. So far I have shared that a good leader FOLLOWS GOD and a good leader DOESN'T PANIC. Today I want to add that the purpose of a leader is to inspire hope in his people.

Hope is vitally important to your soul, spirit and psyche. It has been ascertained that:

Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.

I believe that! It has been scientifically documented.

God's people found themselves in a hopeless looking situation. They were trapped against the Red Sea with a desert to their south, Egypt to their north and 600 enemy chariots bearing down on them. Put yourself in their place and see how much hope you could find! So where did they turn for hope? They looked to Moses, their leader.

Where would you look? Do you have a leader you can look to for hope? If not, you may want to consider a different leader.
Moses made a hopeful statement, "The Lord will fight for you!"

Good leaders give hope they have themselves. Moses had placed all of his hope in God and God had not disappointed him. So, when his people needed hope he share these hopeful words out of a hopeful heart.

For a contemporary illustration of the power of hope and the desire for hope, just go back four years to the last Presidential election. Our current President was swept into office on his promises of "Hope & Change". People want hope!

But a good leader, a godly leader, doesn't offer hope in slogans and sound bites. A good leader offers hope based on substance - something that is powerful and reliable. Moses did.
All good leaders do.

Are you finding yourself feeling trapped and in need of some hope? Look for a good leader to help you find hope of seeing your way out of your "trap".

Never support a leader who doesn't have hope and who doesn't present himself as hopeful and who can inspire you with the hope he offeres.

In this election year, look beyond the slogans and sound bites and try to find some spiritual and moral substance you can hope in. Don't waste your vote on someone who doesn't give you a real reason to hope!