Sustained authority

2 Samuel 15:3,4 “Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.” Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.”

Leader, I bless you with walking in your authority and with exercising your responsibilities with excellence – whether it’s comfortable or not. Part of the king’s job was to sit in the gate of the city and judge the people’s cases. King David did not take up that responsibility for many years. One of his sons took advantage, wormed his way into the hearts of the people because he appeared to be ‘there’ for them, and led a rebellion against his father for the throne, with tragic consequences. I bless you with accepting the bitter with the sweet in your position. I bless you with looking at those things which you would rather not be doing, through different eyes, having a long-term view; seeing the necessity and benefit to you and your constituency overriding the discomfort or boredom. I bless you with having a heart for your people in all circumstances; they look to you for guidance; God looks to you to guide them and He, in turn, will guide you.

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

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