As a second grader at Valley Assembly of God Christian School, nothing was more coveted and sought after by fellow students than to be the line leader. My mother was a volunteer class assistant and she helped the teacher line up the students for bathroom breaks and lunchtime. She would tell us to slowly and calmly walk to the door to line up. Most of the time students would shove and push their way to the front. I remember the day after minutes of struggle everyone finally settled into their forced position and my mother said, “Okay, now everyone turn around.” The one that was last became first. Lining up took on a completely new meaning as it was now a fight to see who would be last for we never knew when Mrs. Martin was going to flip the switch and change everything.
Humility is a prerequisite for being a line leader. Jesus, the ultimate line leader displayed His ability to lead by humbling Himself and becoming obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8) By His humble obedience, we are now found in Christ by believing in Him and taking His authority to reign in life.
The Lord Jesus is God’s will for all mankind and the revelation of Him leads us to God’s grace and truth.
Moses was God’s chosen spokesman for the children of Israel to deliver them from the oppression of the Egyptians. To ensure they would arrive safely and successfully at the promise land, God placed before them a cloud by day and fire by night.
Exodus 13:21-22 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to LEAD the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day or night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
God has never taken the line leader away from His people, ever. There has always been a beacon of Hope to lead us into God’s perfect will. Jesus informed us that after His ascension He would send the Spirit of Truth to guide us into all truth. Remember this: natural circumstances and surroundings that speak devastating lies are nothing more than distractions and irritations intended to prevent the fulfillment of God’s promises in our lives. God will not lead us to destruction or dead ends. He simply places His righteousness before us and His glory behind us saying, “These are My very own special people for I have called them to Myself to reveal My purpose in them.” By this we know that no matter what may come we are prepared and able to overcome.
King David knew this and declared his decisions in such a moment to encourage us today:
Psalms 23:2b-4 …He LEADS me besides the still waters. He restores my soul; He LEADS me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for your rod-Word and staff-Spirit they comfort me.
As God leads, we must be convinced of His overwhelming desire to see us completely satisfied and supplied for every task. We must rest in His directions confidently as they will cause the storms of frustration to become places of safe passage to God’s goodness.
To end on a seasonal note, thanksgiving is our response to God’s leading. For we know that God is good and His truth completely frees us from every lie and offense that the devil uses to try to sidetrack us from the destination of fulfilled promises.
2 Corinthians 2:14 Thanks be unto God who always LEADS us in triumph in Christ,
This holiday season take time to recognize the places the Lord has led you, your family, church and business. Let the joy of the Lord fill your heart as you look back over the year and see how the devil tried to get you to quit, give up and return to the place of doubt, offense and fear. Satan was completely unsuccessful for we know God leads us in triumph over the enemy and sets captives free. We dominated the forces of darkness this year by living in the light of His word and being led in a triumphant procession over the enemy…well done!!