“Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
Most people who have a heart for God certainly want to follow Him. The question as to following the LORD is not really a big problem for those who have a heart for God. If your heart is right with God, you have a deep yearning to follow Him. Many who have the heart to follow God could agree with the psalmist in Psalm 42:1 when he says, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”
However, how does God choose to lead the believer? It sounds wonderful and it makes good preaching that we should follow God and not man, but the Scriptures make it clear that God chooses to lead His people through men. In the verse above, God said that He led Israel “like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” It was Paul who said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” God said in Isaiah 63:12, “That led them by the right hand of Moses…” It is very clear that God chooses to lead the believer through human instruments.
When it comes to the home, God chooses to lead the home through the husband. If a home is going to follow the LORD, the wife is going to have to follow the leadership of her husband. If children want to follow God, they are going to have the follow the leadership of their parents. God always leads the children through their parents. To undercut the parent’s authority is to fight against God’s leadership for the children. God uses the husband and parents to be the leaders in the home.
Moreover, God chooses to lead in the church through the pastor. When God addressed the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, He always addressed the pastor. For anyone to undercut or talk against the pastor’s leadership is to undermine God’s chosen method to lead the church. With this principle in mind, let me give you two observations about God’s chosen leadership method.
First, how you follow who God chooses to lead through reveals how well you follow God. You can’t fight or rebel against your authority and say that you are right with God. The child who follows their parent’s leadership is following God. On the other hand, the parent who belittles their parents and rebels against them is rebelling against God. How a church member follows their pastor’s leadership is how they are following God. You can’t tell me that you are following God when you are rebelling against the authorities through whom God chooses to lead.
Second, you will never see God’s mighty works if you don’t follow the person whom God chooses to lead through. Every mighty act that Israel saw happened because they followed Moses. God’s miracles stopped every time they chose not to follow God. If you want to see God’s miracles in your life, you would be wise to follow the leadership God established in your life. God leads by the hand of man, and His miracles are realized when those who are under God’s established authority follow him.
However, let me caution you that if your authority disobeys God, you are to obey God. Nevertheless, let me remind you that you cannot and will not see God’s miracles without following the godly authorities in your life. It is through these authorities that God leads you to see the miraculous.