Scripture Passage: Exodus 32:1-19
When Angry Do Nothing
Moses was on the mountain for forty days receiving the law from the Lord. This law, God wrote on two tables of stone. The Bible says, “And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, grave upon the table.” However, this good work did not endure. The Bible says, “And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands and brake them beneath the mount.” Eventually, Moses returned to that mount and fasted another forty days and nights to receive a second set of laws, because he acted in blind fury.
The lesson here is this; to be a successful leader you must first lead self, and this means controlling your actions. When you are angry, do nothing or like Moses you may destroy that which you have spent precious time creating.
Prayer: Father, teach me to lead myself at all times.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 32:15-24
Weak Leaders Pass the Buck
When Moses came down from the mount and saw the golden calf, he was very angry and destroyed it. Then he turned to Aaron and said, “What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?” Aaron turned around and blamed the people, completely exonerating himself from the matter. He said, “Thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me make us gods, which shall go before us.” He failed to realise that as deputy leader standing in for Moses, he had the power to dissuade the people. Not once did he accept responsibility for failing to do so.
The lesson here is this; a strong leader will share the credit but accept the blame when things go wrong. However, a weak leader will take all the credit and pass the blame to the people when things fail.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a strong leader.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 32:1-14
Good Leaders are Selfless
As the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, several times, they angered the Lord and He would have destroyed them and made Moses a great nation. One of such instances was the worship of the golden calf. God said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff necked people. Now therefore, let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them and I will make of thee a great nation.” However, Moses always pleaded on behalf of the people and God repented of the evil He thought to do to Israel. It isn’t that Moses did not desire to become a great nation but he put the needs of the children of Israel before his.
The lesson here is this; a good leader is selfless. His desire ultimately is not to be great but to make others great.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a selfless leader.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 32:1-14
A Good Leader Intercedes for the People
As the children of Israel worshipped before the golden calf Aaron had made, God got angry and said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff necked people. Now therefore, let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them and I will make of thee a great nation.” However, Moses pleaded on behalf of the people and the Bible says, “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”
The lesson here is this; a good leader truly cares about those he leads and so he will stand in the gap for them and plead their case especially when they are not present to do so themselves. His people can trust him to always put in a good word for them.
Prayer: Father, help me to speak for and not against those I lead.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 32:1-7
When the Leader is Away the People Go Astray
When Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the children of Israel approached Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.” Aaron yielded this request and made a golden calf which the people worshipped. And God said to Moses, “Go, get down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.”
The lesson here is this; people easily go astray when their leader is absent. Like children, when followers are left to themselves, they cause shame. Therefore, a leader must not leave his position vacant for any length of time but ensure he has a suitable cover while away. This must be someone he has trained and trusts to fill the gap in his absence.
Prayer: Father, help me to select and train others to fill the gap in my absence.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 32:1
People Will Always Need Leaders to Go Before Them
Moses was up on the mountain receiving the laws from God and when the children of Israel saw that he delayed to come down they approached Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.” They did not know what had become of Moses so they asked for another leader.
The lesson here is this; there is and will always be a need for leaders who can go before a people and show them the way they ought to go. People need direction, and good leaders offer direction, therefore they are always in high demand.
Prayer: Father, help me to lead myself and others in the right direction.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 24:12
It is the Leader’s Responsibility to Teach the Laws
After God had written the Ten Commandments, He said unto Moses, “Come up to me into the mount, and be there; and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.” Notice that the Lord did not give the responsibility of teaching the law to anyone else.
The lesson here is this; it is the leader’s responsibility to teach his people whatever laws have been put in place for their guidance. And a leader achieves this best by being a doer of the same laws as the people will do what they see the leader do and not what they hear the leader say. Monkey see, monkey do. Inevitably, the people become like the leader.
Prayer: Father, help me to teach those I lead the laws by being a doer of the same.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 20:1-17
The Team that Will Succeed Must Be Guided By Laws
As the children of Israel began to journey towards the land of promise, a set of laws, known as the Ten Commandments, were handed to them by God through their leader, Moses. I have heard it said that where there is no law there is no sin. Also where there is no law there is chaos because people do what they like. This fosters a lack of unity which fosters a lack of progress. Suffice to say then that in order for a team to make progress or win, its members must be guided by a set of rules.
The lesson here is this; no leader can succeed unless both he and his team are guided by laws. Therefore, every leader must have a set of laws in place for himself, his team, organisation or nation and must ensure that everyone including himself is equal under that law.
Prayer: Father, help me to create laws to guide myself and those I lead towards success.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 18:1-25
Effective Leadership Requires Flexibility
When Jethro visited Moses in the wilderness, he observed that Moses singlehandedly judged the entire congregation of Israel, judging all matters great and small, from morning until evening. Jethro thought a change was required. He advised Moses to appoint other judges who would judge smaller matters and bring to Moses’ attention only the big matters. This change in operations would save time and conserve Moses’ energy for other tasks. In other words, it would produce more effective leadership. The Bible says, “So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he had said.” Moses was flexible and changed his mode of operations.
The lesson here is this; a leader who will be effective must be flexible because only a flexible leader welcomes change. A leader who is set in his ways will insist on working the same way even when it has been proven to be detrimental to him, his people and organisation.
Prayer: Father, help me to be flexible and welcome change where it is required.
Scripture Passage: Exodus 18:1-25
You Can’t Do It All Alone
Moses had an unexpected visit from his father-in-law, Jethro while in the wilderness. During this visit, Jethro observed that Moses alone sat in judgement over the entire congregation of Israel, judging all matters great and small, from morning until evening. Jethro advised him to appoint other judges who would judge smaller matters and bring to Moses’ attention only the big matters. This arrangement would not only save time it would also conserve the energy of Moses for other activities. The Bible says, “So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he had said.”
The lesson here is this; you can’t do it all alone, no one can, therefore a wise leader delegates certain tasks to others. It will not only free you to do other things, and save you valuable time it will also do your health good.
Prayer: Father, teach me to delegate.