Who’s the Perfect Leader?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. Isaiah 9:6a
Many people want to change the government. They want to elect a leader who will do what is good for the people, who serves them rather than himself. Someone who inspires and encourages rather than one with empty promises. Someone who is strong and decisive, but also compassionate. Someone who understands our problems and brings us hope for the future. Someone who will establish a perfect society with justice for all.
Can we find such a person?
God promised such a leader through His prophet Isaiah. Sprinkled throughout several chapters in Isaiah (42, 49, 50, and 52-53) are four songs that describe a Servant Leader. This world leader has the greatest endorsement anyone can have: God’s! “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations (Isaiah 42:1) .
This leader serves God and others, not Himself. He is compassionate. He understands our weaknesses and problems. “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out” (Isaiah 42:3a). Ever feel bruised? About to be snuffed out?
This leader may appear weak. He seems to lack political ambition. “He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets” (Isaiah 42:2). He looks pretty ordinary. “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2b).
Nevertheless, God’s Servant Leader will establish an endless government that will become greater and greater (Isaiah 9:7). God promised that His servant “will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted” (Isaiah 52:13). He will rule over all the earth. We will not be disappointed. He keeps His promises.
Does He get your vote? Are you excited about the new government that’s coming?
Read Psalm 2:1-12. From where will God’s ruler reign? What are God’s promises and warnings concerning Him? What is His relationship to God?
Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10. Before God’s Servant, His Son Jesus the Christ comes to set up His government on earth, an imposter will rise up as a world leader. By whom is he endorsed? (See verse 9). How is he described? Why do people follow him even though he’s evil? How is he overcome?
Read the four Servant Songs in Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-13; 50:4-9; and 52:13-53:12. Make a list of other characteristics of God’s Servant Leader.
Nancy J. Baker