• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 28, 2021

Daily Reading: II Kings 20-22

II Kings 21:9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.

This is how far Israel has fallen. They became more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel. If anyone thinks that there is little power in leadership consider that Manasseh seduced them to do this great evil. Leadership is a great power. Most individuals simply follow their leader. It's easy to do, takes no thought, causes no conflict, and makes one a part of the crowd instead of being a contrarian.

While it is easy to simply follow the leader, there is one aspect that must be considered. Who is your leader? Every person of every age has the individual freedom, given by Almighty God, to choose the leader they follow. Choosing a leader of one's life that is not the publicly accepted leader or popular leader takes great courage. Daniel was this type. He did not readily accept Nebuchadnezzar's leadership. He chose God's leadership. Mordecai did this, he chose God's leadership instead of Haman's. Peter and the disciples did this when they said to the socially accepted religious leaders of their day We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

Throughout the Bible, individuals that we commonly admire had this in common. They chose and made God their leader. Yes, they sometimes paid a price. Yes, they were ostracized, ridiculed, tested, tried, and sometimes harmed, but they stayed faithful to their Lord God. The same is true today. Those who simply choose the Lord as their leader sometimes find difficulties and hardships. But in eternity they will be the heroes, the faithful, the rewarded.

The question is not how influential is the leader of one's life, for they have power. The real question is...who is your leader? The second question to that is...what price are you willing to pay to follow that leader? Israel followed their leader, Manasseh, and paid an awful price. This is the thing of it all, every person will pay a price for following their leader. Israel did, over and over and over again. The thing one has to decide for themselves is this, will I follow the leader today that is easy to follow and pay an eternal price? Or will I follow God's leadership for my life and perhaps pay a price now but assuredly be rewarded in the next life, the eternal life? Many forfeit future blessings and rewards for ease today all because their leaders lead them wrongly and they choose the broad way, the popular way, the easy way, which usually is very satisfying to the flesh.

Until tomorrow, follow the leadership of Christ today.

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