“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness,...
“And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel…” -1 Samuel 3:21
Leadership! How do you define leadership? What makes a great leader? How would you select a leader? God has a history of selecting leaders who don’t fit the status quo.
Israel had just come out of a season of not having any real leadership. God created the circumstance for a woman named Hannah to desire a son—even though she was barren. The Lord heard her prayers and she gave birth to a boy. She named him Samuel.
The life of Samuel is an illustrated sermon of how to follow God’s word—into leadership. One night, Samuel laid down by the Ark of the Lord. He did so to position himself close to God’s presence in the Temple. This young man, who was birthed through prayer, then receives the greatest benefit of prayer—God speaking back to him!
Do you ever feel like Samuel? As though you are a product of God’s grace—a direct result of someone’s prayers? Samuel was a result of Hannah’s prayers, and God chose to speak to Samuel. Why? Because God wanted someone to hear His voice—and to do what he said. This is the foundation of leadership.
Or, are you anxious, defeated, and deaf to the Word of the Lord? Regardless of your season in life, trust that God’s Word will lead you when you need leadership the most.
Father, we ask You to give us ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to Your church. We need Your Word to lead us today. May Your Word be the lamp to our feet and a light to our path in this present evil world. Jesus, lead my heart, my mind, and my soul in Your Word. Lord, speak, for Your servant is listening!
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