Don’t Lead in Fear

1st DECEMBER 2021

Christ for Youth International

And the LORD looked upon him and said, “Go in your might, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 And he said to him, “O, my LORD, with what shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the LORD said to him, “Surely, I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” Judges 6:14–15 AFV

Before we even consider today’s devotion and try to unpack something significant about leadership for us as young people, we would like to declare over you, “May the LORD look upon you this day.” We hope you receive this in Jesus’ name.

Leadership is challenging, if not outright difficult. Yet, every single one of us who receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour has this mandate to lead wherever he/she finds him/herself. Remember, leadership is simply the exercising of influence with a specific goal or vision in mind. And for us as Christians, we know that all believers are to exercise influence with the kingdom agenda of Christ in mind.

When Gideon’s leadership is introduced to us from the scriptures, we see a man who had every reason to believe he was unfit to lead. How many times have we ran away from leadership because we thought we are not capable? Well, the influence the Lord requires from us will always make us feel incapable because the ability to fulfil it is not of us. The scripture says, “And the LORD looked upon him …” but Gideon did not know at that moment what you are about to find out now. All he knew was the LORD had come to him with a call.

“Looked” as it is used in the verse means “turning to face.” Think about it, when the LORD turns his back to you, what does that look like? At least, from Numbers 6:24–26 and Psalms 16:11, we know what it means to have the LORD’s face turned towards us. Anytime we are called to lead or as we are leading, what is true is that the LORD is on a mission to accomplish something. This is true because the verse says “Surely, I (the LORD) will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites.” The task is to strike the Midianites, but the process starts with the LORD being with him, before he, not the LORD, can strike.

Just like Gideon, although you are the one doing the striking, neither assume the task originated from you nor you are by yourself. God is looking upon you, and He is with you. Open yourself to the truth that He is with you to sort out all that is demanded of you. Do not lead afraid. Even if you are afraid at this moment, remember the LORD looked upon you and committed Himself to be with you. So stop looking for the reasons why you cannot do it, rather, quickly complete the task, so He can entrust more to you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity to lead. I surrender all my fears in leadership to You. As I transform my mind with the truth I have learned today, please help me to be a diligent leader who gets the work done, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further Reading: Matthew 28:19–20

Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91

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