“It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.” (Lamentations 3:27)
There is a lot of interest today in leadership. You can get your Ph. D. in leadership in many universities. I regret that we do not present more opportunities to young people for the rigorous and difficult training that produces leaders. I thank God for the military academies, and the Marines, along with the various kinds of Special Forces like the Seals where young people can be trained to be leaders of our military.
I can now reflect back on many decades since I became a follower of Jesus in 1949. I have come to the conclusion that God is the great Mentor of leaders and He does His most effective mentoring when things are difficult and adversarial. Scripture records God’s method for developing men into the great leaders of the people of God.
His process is described in the poem below by Dale Martin Stone:“When God wants to drill a man And thrill a man and skill a man When God wants to mold a man To play the noblest part; When He yearns with all his heart To create so bold a man That the whole world will be amazed, Watch his methods. Watch his ways! How He ruthlessly perfects Whom He royally elects! How He hammers him and hurts him And with mighty blows converts him Into trial shapes of clay, Which only God can understand. While his tortured heart is crying And he lifts beseeching hands. How God bends, but never breaks When his good He undertakes; How He uses whom He chooses And with every purpose fuses him, By every act induces him To try His splendor out— God knows what He’s about.”
Is God calling you to be a leader?