Who Should A Leader Follow?

Back in the early 2000's, during the housing bubble, a majority of home buyers were in a frenzy to purchase real estate. Sellers would put their homes up for sale one day and by the next they had multiple offers to choose from, many over and above the asking price!

Seeing the majority of buyers getting all worked up over purchasing a home just perpetuated the frenzy. The collective impatience of a majority of buyers created an exaggerated “demand” which drove up the price of real estate everywhere.

Then the bubble popped and prices fell back to where they should have been all along. Many people ended up with devalued homes and mortgages they couldn’t really afford.

Being swayed by the impatience of a “majority” is a dangerous place to be, especially as a Christian. Often, impatience is simply the fruit of unbelief. We must be careful that we do not become impatient with God’s timing and that we don’t allow ourselves to be affected by the impatience of others.

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
— Max Lucado

That's a mark of true leadership!

Followers Follow Men

I love the leadership example that Joshua and Caleb set in scripture of standing firm against the impatience and unbelief of the majority.

In Numbers 13, God instructs Moses to send out twelve spies to gather information about the land which God had promised the children of Israel. When the spies returned, ten of them (the majority) gave a bad report of God’s promise, saying in verse 32, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants.”

The spies’ unbelief spread to the entire congregation of people, to the point that they said to Moses in Numbers 14:2-3, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt...Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”

Due to the spies’ unbelief the entire group was willing to turn around, forsake their freedom, and go back into bondage!

Leaders Follow God

Yet two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, had faith in God’s promise and perfect timing. Their leadership response in Numbers 14:7-8 is one of faith—“The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a ‘land which flows with milk and honey.’”

A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation.
— A. W. Tozer

As a result of their faith, Joshua and Caleb eventually led the children of Israel into the Promised Land, but that entire first generation of adults, the unbelieving majority, died in the wilderness and never witnessed God’s promise fulfilled.

God does not succumb to the will of the majority and neither should we. God alone reigns supreme and if He truly is our “Lord,” then we as His followers must obey, whether it fits our timing, vision, expectations, or not.


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