Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, March 24
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Choosing Our Leaders
I Samuel 8:18 NKJV “And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
A lot of people don’t seem to understand that there’s such a thing as a “national destiny”; we are aware that we have personal destinies, but we don’t seem to understand that there are also collective destinies. And whether we like it or not, our individual destinies are tied to that of our nation. That’s why the scripture says, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.” And you must also understand that the leadership of a nation determines if we will fulfil our destiny as a people. It’s a big mistake for anyone to think that whoever is in power doesn’t concern him; it does! It affects your entire life, it affects the church and everything else.
Choosing our leaders at any level is serious business! And we must take it seriously, especially as people who pray. It doesn’t matter how we decide to choose our leaders, God has the power to influence whatever process it is, and install His choice. Daniel 4:17 says, “This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.”
There was a vacant office in the Early Church that needed to be occupied after the death of Judas; and they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen and they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. That’s exactly what we’ve got to do in the next few days, until the elections are over. To pray to God who knows the hearts of all to show us His choice of all those that have been put forward. If we don’t pray now, and make a mistake, like Samuel warned the Israelites, God will not hear us in that day when we cry out because of bad leadership. May God’s chosen leaders emerge in Jesus name.