Abraham Lincoln February 3 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today's Bible reading: Exodus 4:18- 6:27; 1Chronicles 6:1-4a; Exodus 6:28- 7:13

Early Leadership Struggles

Most people are familiar with Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. He is considered one of the greatest leaders of all time, but in his early years as president he was reviled by most people and even his own party. Perhaps you are called of God to do something, yet early on you experience difficulties. You are discouraged. Did God call you to do this or not? If he called you to do this, why are you experiencing so many difficulties? Shouldn't all your efforts be blessed? If you have felt this way, join the club. God is testing your faith and your tenacity. You may believe something is God's will, but others may be slow to buy into it. They will have to be shown that this is God’s will and that he has chosen you to lead. Today's Bible study will give us some understanding of early leadership struggles and how God can help.

The Need for Leadership

After almost 400 years, God said he was concerned about Israel's bondage and cruel treatment. Why did he wait so long? According to Genesis 15:16, in God's great compassion he was giving the Amorite nation living in the land of Canaan opportunity to repent before wiping them out. Furthermore, it is stated in Exodus 2:23 that Israelites were now crying out to God. Perhaps before then Israel did not fully appreciate their desperate plight and cry out to Him. Is there a need for leadership in our lives? Are people crying out to God for it? God wants to be needed.

God sees the misery of his people; he hears their cries from the lashes and beatings of the slave drivers, he is concerned about their sufferings, and God is coming down to rescue them. God is going to be personally involved in saving the Israelites (notice the many times that God used the personal pronoun "I" in Exodus 3:7-10). There are times when we personally come to the rescue of our children because it is important that our children know that “Dad did this for me” or “Mom did this for me.” In a weak likeness of God, we do things for them that they cannot do for themselves. Their dependence and humble gratitude brings them closer to us. Consider helping your family. Choose the right time to help lift burdens they cannot lift themselves so that they will be grateful. God comes to the rescue of his children who were enslaved and unmercifully abused. Perhaps you are crying out to God right now. He hears and delivers his children. Do you know God? Are you his child? (more...)

God Chooses Leadership

God is going to use Moses to lead them out of bondage. Moses, however, is a reluctant messenger. He has no confidence in himself or his abilities, so he asks God to send someone else to deliver the Israelites. God is angry with Moses because He gives the ability to lead, but he capitulates. God finally convinces Moses to go by telling him that He is appointing his brother Aaron as the spokesman and that He (God) will help them. God will give us the ability to do his will if we will trust him.

Adversity in Leadership

In today's Bible reading Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh but encounter adversity as God said. The people of Israel are encouraged by the hopeful words and signs of Moses, but Pharaoh does not know God or fear him. When Pharaoh refuses to listen to Moses and Aaron but increases the labors and misery of the Israelites, they are despondent and blame God’s messengers. Now Moses and Aaron lose their credibility with the Israelites. Moses is discouraged and disillusioned. Hadn't God sent them to deliver the Israelites?

Moses should have expected opposition because God told him it would be so (Exodus 3:18-20). Now, God is going to get greater glory by delivering his people with a mighty hand and in such a way that the Israelites will know God is personally delivering them (Exodus 6:1-8). God will reveal himself to the Israelites as more than just the Almighty God; He will show them He is Yahweh (LORD), the personal, faithful, and covenant keeping God. Perhaps immediate answers to our prayers are not forthcoming because God is going to deliver us in a much greater way. It is then that we will glorify and know him personally. Do you know him? (more...)

Tenacity in Leadership

Except for his reticence to speak, Moses is chosen to lead God's people out of Egypt because he obeys everything God commands him (Exodus 6:28-7:13). He sticks to his task and goes back to Pharaoh, willing to face more rejection, if necessary, to do the will of God. What about us? Leadership requires tenacity, even in times of adversity. As we gain more experience with leadership, this becomes easier.

Lessons to live by:

  • It takes time, patience and dependence on God to sustain you through the stages of early leadership; people must become convinced that God is leading you.
  • God will give us the ability to do his will if we will trust him.
  • Immediate answers to our prayers are not always forth coming because God is going to deliver us in a much greater way. It is then that we will glorify and know him personally. Do you know God? He offers us forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life. He answers prayers (more...).
  • Leadership requires trust in God and tenacity.

Today’s Bible Memory Verse:

Psalm 31:3 “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” (NIV)

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