A Kingdom Leader is always looking for a successor to replace himself. Leadership can naturally isolate key leaders from potential replacements. You can become consumed with results and miss the movement of the Spirit of God. God demonstrates that with Elijah in the book of 1 Kings.
15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anointHazael to be king over Syria. 16 gAnd Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and hElisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.
I love the comment made by Warren Wiersbe in his book Expository Outlines on the Old Testament. God was saying to Elijah: “Stop complaining and grieving over your seeming failures. Get back to work.”
Leaders struggle at times to see the value of their service to the Lord. We seldom know how well we are doing in the hearts and minds of others. We don’t know, but God knows. So we should always be looking for someone who will replace us!
Don’t get caught in the quicksand of doubt, discouragement and loneliness. God is working! Trust Him for the results.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
g See 2 Kgs. 9:1–6
h [ver. 19–21; 2 Kgs. 2:9, 15]
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ki 19:15–16). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1993). Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament (1 Ki 19:9–18). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.