"And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
Then his people will live there undisturbed,
for he will be highly honored around the world.
And he will be the source of peace." Micah 5:4-5 NLT
There will be times of trouble in our lives that we cannot explain. We feel that we are on the right path, that we are doing the right things, that we are where the Lord wants us and yet, we are being attacked.
And I'm not sure if you've noticed, but it's not always the big, KABOOM attacks. A lot of times, it's the little things that are the attack points--the little nat that keeps flying in your face--buzzing around your eyes and ears. At first you ignore it, then you half-heartedly swat at it, and then when you have had enough, you run into the house. Your peace destroyed.
When I read this verse, the first thought was that this is a great verse for pastors and pastorial leadership. We, the church family, are their flock. God has placed them as our sheepherders, to protect us and keep us from harm. And harm isn't always the most obvious of situations. Sometimes harm is in the little things--the gossip, the unacceptable behavior, hangups, the sin that Jesus speaks about boldly in the Bible--all of these are harm and it is their God-given duty to protect us from it.
Does it make them popular? No, not always. Do they get the appreciation that they should? Probably not. Do they themselves get attacked? At times.
Listen up! When we hear rumors or slander about our pastors or church leaders, shouldn't we run it through our spiritual brain and see what the Lord tells us about it? Instead, at times, it seems that we are ever so ready to jump on the band wagon to believe ugly before we even check in with what God would say.
We need to use our spiritual sense more often, and our common sense less. Jesus wasn't always the most popular man in town because He had to stand up for things that many thought was acceptable--but He knew in His Father's eyes--weren't.
Let's be in prayer for those in leadership roles. What a wonderful way to show them how valuable they are to us!