Thursday, September 15, 2016

Encouragement & Wisdom for Leaders #1: Psalm 141:8-10

Once a week, during the end of 2015, I would spend time reflecting on a passage of Scripture and include it in my weekly Leaders Briefing email along with offering wisdom for leadership development to encourage the leaders I'm over at my church. I'll be sharing some of these Scripture encouragements and leadership wisdom here for the next coming weeks to encourage others. Hopefully they do just that.

"But my eyes are fixed on You, Sovereign Lord; in You I take refuge—[leave me not defenseless!]. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety."
-Psalm 141:8-10 (NIV)

You have no other shelter but God in this world and in your battle against sin and your enemies, and He will not leave you defenseless! However, it is your responsibility to keep your eyes (mind & heart) fixed on your Sovereign Lord.

In this Psalm, David himself is crying out to God for safety from snares caused by himself and set by other people's sin. As Christian leaders, there are many traps laid out before you to cause you to fall, fail, become disqualified, or abandon what God has called you to do. Some of these traps (snares) are self-imposed, some sin-imposed, and some other-imposed. Pray like David for your daily safety from traps caused by you or set against you, and also be intentional on keeping your eyes (mind & heart) fixed on your Sovereign Lord, who is your only refuge and has not left you defenseless!