|Today’s reading is drawn from Ezekiel 22:24-31.
The Position of a Leader: Standing in the Gap
God contrasts the poor leader with the godly leader in Ezekiel 22. The poor leader oppresses and destroys his or her followers, while the godly leader “stands in the gap” on behalf of the land and the people (v. 30). These leaders represent God to the people, and represent the people to God. They serve as “middle- men,” serving God and serving the needs of the people. This text describes ten traits of the leader God affirms:
- Consecration: They set themselves apart and remain committed to their call.
- Discipline: They do what is right even when it is difficult.
- Servanthood: They model a selfless life, lived for the benefit of others.
- Vision: They see what God sees and live off the power of potential.
- Compassion: Love for their cause and their people moves them to action.
- Trustworthiness: They keep their word regardless of what others do.
- Decisiveness: They make good decisions in a timely manner.
- Wisdom: They think like God thinks and avoid impetuous moves.
- Courage: They take risks for what is right.
- Passion: They demonstrate enthusiasm for their divine calling.