It is dangerous for any leader to not have 20/20 spiritual vision. The responsibility of leading God’s people is one that requires something quite different than worldly leadership, or should I say, totally different qualities than a corporate organization. Let’s start with humility, integrity, a caring heart, and a foundation in their thinking based on God’s Word – TRUTH.
There is more. God’s leaders who are effective have learned to be sensitive to the guidance and will of God. None have been perfect, but most have learned important lessons along the way. Samuel is one of those leaders who learned as a young boy to listen when God spoke to him. One of those occasions happened when God told Samuel to make a feast for Jesse’s family and select one of his sons as the next king of Israel.
When the first son of Jesse came before Samuel, “he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him”” (1 Samuel 16:6). Like Samuel, we often make leadership choices based on outer appearance without knowing the character of a person. In this case, God corrects Samuel quickly with a very insightful statement. “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”” (16:7).
This is a lesson that is often hard to learn and accept. Often the pressure of filling a position or need makes us rush into making a choice when God wants us to look and wait for His best.
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