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God’s peace, I’d like to share a few thoughts that I had regarding some verses in Samuel. “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” 2 Samuel 23:3-4 No matter your course in life, you will have someone who looks up to you as a leader. This is especially true as believers. We aren’t ruling over our fellow humans, but it is our calling to provide a different leadership. To lead them to Christ. With that in mind we turn to Some of the last recorded words of King David. This mighty king of Israel had seen a lot in his life. He had reigned on the throne over Israel for 40 years. He would have experienced what the Lord told him to be true. One of the true qualities of a leader is to be just. This quality isn’t found in man alone. Left to our own devices we often are the opposite of just. We too often would look out for ourselves or our own interests. David wrote in one of his psalms that justice and judgement are Gods throne. When a leader walks in the fear of God, they recognize the sanctity of all lives. They know that all are created as image bearers of God and all have intrinsic value because of this. David then goes on to say that a leader must be as the sun that comes up in the morning. This is a quality of consistency. We all assume that the sun will rise in the morning without giving it any thought. It doesn’t change ever. The sun never decides that it will rise in the west and set in the East. If as leaders we are constantly changing, then those that we are in contact with don’t know what to expect from day to day. There is a lot of comfort in predictability. If as a leader you are moody then those around you never know what to expect.

David says that a leader must be as a tender blade of grass. This is a quality of vulnerability yet fresh and with a bright future. We often picture a strong leader as being invincible and fearless. We see in David some of these qualities, but we also see the other side. David exposes his fears and hopes throughout the many Psalms that he wrote as well as seeing his faults exposed in the sin that was as much a part of him as it is of us. But we also see where David turned to find his strength. He turned to the God of Israel. He turned to the rod out of the stem of Jesse. That Messiah who provides salvation to all men. It is to Christ too that we can turn and find grace to help in time of need. Hans Lampinen

Submitted by Pastor Stan

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