What I read today;
2 Corinthians 5; Mark 11; Isaiah 37; Job 39; Judges 13; Genesis 37
A lot of people are dismayed by the behavior of our current President. Even more, people, if you believe the polling data, are disgusted by the behavior of the members of congress. I watched the two nights of the recent democratic candidate debates and was left shaking my head for the most part. I love hearing the self-love fest. This one did that, another one did this, I, I, I, I. It was all about themselves trying to market themselves and get ahead of their opponents. When challenged on their own records, the idea is to turn it back around and attack their opponent’s record.
We seem to have lost the central idea of what a leader is.
So what does a Godly leader look like and what does he act like?
Isaiah 37 gives us a glimpse of what a Godly leader looks like. King Hezekiah followed a long line of corrupt leaders. Judah’s territory had shrunk, and the Assyrian army was on the doorstep. The nation had failed to follow God and had no right to even come before God. That’s how bad things had gotten. Now the Assyrian General is taunting the people.
How does Hezekiah respond?
Isaiah 37 1-3, “When King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. And he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz. They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.” NRSV
He puts on sackcloth and drops to his knees in prayer. He doesn’t sugarcoat the failures of the nation. Hezekiah doesn’t make excuses for what has happened in the past. He doesn’t try to defend himself. Instead, he admits to God that the nation has nothing left.
Imagine a leader doing this today. How different would our world be if instead of attacking one another we behaved as Hezekiah did? In our world today, we don’t value the humble servant. We like to talk about the humble servant leader, but those aren’t the people who get promoted. It’s the type A personality who runs over people who gets moved up. It’s infected every walk of our lives.
But God has a way of pushing us to a point where, like Hezekiah, we’ve got nothing left. It’s in those moments when we become drained that God can do many wonderful things in our lives if we will humble ourselves and turn our problems over to God, precisely like Hezekiah did.
That’s why I shake my head when I see the behavior of our President and the members of Congress. We desperately need some Hezekiahs today.