We Need Leaders, Not Kings
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes”
– Psalm 118:9.
God is a leadership God. He works through leaders but the tendency of mankind has been to put expectations on leaders that should only be put on the Lord. This has led time and again to the glorification and deification of leaders, and that always gets people in trouble – for leaders are mortal and will eventually pass from the scene, no matter how effective or evil they are. Israel craved a leader, a king like the rest of the nations had, and it got them into trouble when they put the leader before their allegiance to God. Samuel had this to say to Israel when they demanded a king:
“But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us'”
– (1 Samuel 10:19).
As a follower, are you putting too much trust in leaders, expecting them to do what only the Lord can do for you? As a leader, are you demanding more loyalty and commitment than is appropriate? You should pray for your leaders, submit to your leaders, but reserve your ultimate trust and loyalty for the Lord!
Today’s reading – Psalms 116-120