Don’t Pat the Wrong Back and Give Honor to the Wrong Head

God is unseen, but this does not make his sovereign power any less visible to the natural world. His power outdoes any prominent superior seen on this earth. Being tempted to worship that which is seen, we humans will pat the wrong backs and give honor to the wrong head. We admire the one who visibly won the battle, or uphold the one with the highest educational degree; we publicly recognize the highest contributor or even applaud the Pastor who gave a wonderful convicting sermon. All who succeed in this natural world do so because of God’s allowance. We must never forget that we are to honor God and only be grateful for the channels He chooses to flow through.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

Are you the king, the one who is in charge? Are you the Pastor, ministry leader, or the boss of your department? Are you the one receiving honor and applause? Remember that humility is one of God’s great expectations for a leader. If one will not choose to be humble, he will be humbled. King Nebuchadnezzar can certainly attest to this truth. Entrenched in his “own” power he originally did not feel he had need nor was obligated to honor God. In the end, he was humbled. He was humbled to the point of becoming like an animal, for Daniel 4:33 describes, “…he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.” His authority was taken away from him until he acknowledged that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone He wishes.

“God changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning…” (Daniel 2:21).

Are you the one giving praise to one other than God? Or do you answer to a harsh leader who seems to wreak havoc in your life because of their place of prominence? You may be walking into a high stress day, one that looks larger than even the God you worship. But there is no one larger than God. On the other hand, you may respect with high regard your leader who has led you well, or blessed you with natural blessings. Either way, the call to you is to put your trust in God. While “some trust in chariots and some in horses, we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).  A follower’s responsibility is to rely on the power of God and look to Him during the difficult and rewarding times under human leadership.  Remember, God changes the times and seasons. He will change the leadership in your life at some point. This is comforting to the faint but intimidating to the fan. However, if our trust is in the Lord, then we will be unaffected by the changing season.

“With man is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles…” (2 Chronicles 32:8).



One thought on “Don’t Pat the Wrong Back and Give Honor to the Wrong Head

  1. Praise God for His faithfulness. I recently heard someone say, ‘Be sure you are following the Master and not the Pastor, unless the Pastor is following the Master.’ Amen!

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