People Followed

People Followed

28 March 2009


On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: “Israel’s leaders took charge, and the people gladly followed. Praise the Lord!” (Judges 5:1-2 NLT)


Twice in the Book of Judges, this statement occurs: “In those days Israel had no king, so everyone did what seemed right in his own eyes.” The roller-coaster ride of victory and defeat, freedom and slavery that Israel experienced during the nearly four centuries of the period of the Judges was primarily a failure of leadership.

Most of the people God used to rally Israel and bring periods of relief during Israel’s Dark Ages were pretty normal or unremarkable people who simply stepped up to the plate and took a swing at the next pitch.

When a leader stepped forward, the people rallied.


I want to step up and use my influence to lead people in the direction of freedom and victory. I know that if leaders lead, people will follow. Like Paul, I want to be able to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”


Father, I’m less concerned about the leadership of position and more interested in the leadership of influence. Help me to be an effective influencer – to influence your people toward victory and freedom in Christ. Amen.

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