It is said that the easiest part of a long distance race is the beginning. That is understandable. But the difficult parts come later in the race, particularly near the end. This is so evident in the story of Moses’ mission in bringing the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. Moses’ experience mirrors and exemplifies the emotional turmoil that leaders go through as they seek to pursue the vision that they are carrying.
One of the things that characterises life and the leadership terrain is that discouragement comes with the package; it will come. It is during those moments that something needs to happen. If encouragement is to put courage into, then the leader will benefit from a much needed boost.
Moses had briefed the people about his mission, and they accepted. He then went to meet with Pharaoh. There was an immediate backlash. The people were tasked producing the same quantity of bricks but they had to gather their own straw. They people reacted. Moses was caught in the middle. He found himself confronted on one front by a stubborn and belligerent and stubborn king and on the other side by a frustrated and very angry people.
It is was at that point that God came and spoke much needed words of encouragement to Moses, telling Him that having established His word and covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He would give them the land of Canaan.
Furthermore, God said He had seen the suffering of His people at the hands of the Egyptians. Moses was mandated afresh to go and say to the people that God would bring them out and into the Promised Land.
Moses went and reported what God had told him to the Israelites. Of course, they did not listen to him because of their own discouragement. Moses was in a quandary. He had been encouraged, he went to encourage those he was leading, but they were down on their haunches, and Pharaoh was breathing fire. So, Moses went back to God, asking that if the people would not listen to him, how he could expect Pharaoh to listen him.
Every leader needs encouragement.
Encouragement and discouragement go hand in hand, but with every cycle of discouragement, the leader needs someone to speak courage into them. Moses found God to be his encourager. Let Him be your encourager, too. He will do it directly, or will use other people to do so.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.