I have just finished reading Exodus in the last few days and i was gripped again by the great amount of leadership lessons we can draw from Moses’ life. Being the eternal optimist I noted a few of the many episodes of difficulty in his leadership:
- ‘SPIRITUAL DIY’: instead of allowing God to work through him, Moses tries to work for God – with tragic effects
- INSECURITIES: you thought you were bad, he keeps bringing a new one out. Fantastic to see God’s reassuring support. Also that His patience eventually runs out (mine did before…) –
- COUNTERFEITS: how disheartening to see the ‘fakes’ still put up a fight against the authentic one and only God.
- REJECTION: a permanent reoccurring theme that mus have been so heartbreaking after all his efforts for the people.
- COMPLAINTS: another permanent feature; he people have a short memory and seemingly a big mouth to complain.
- NEGATIVISM: everything is bleak, victories are forgotten, the past was so much better. Selective memories galore.
- IGNORED: His communication of God’s word/will was often not taken seriously – re. manna
- FORGOTTEN: as e goes to meet with God and is delayed – they ‘move on’ as if he never existed.
- BETRAYED: even his closest relative and team member lets him down and then lies about it.
Moses remains a superb example of a dedicated, patient, interceding leader. You would do well to take time to explore his life, relationship with God and the people He called him to lead.
Use these as a spring-board if you are involved in leadership. If not – pray for your leaders as hey probably face similar situations.
I might use them for a backbone for a leadership study, or maybe even a book(let).