In I Samuel 12:14 Samuel told Israel: “If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the command of the LORD, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God.” Notice that the verse says that IF they would obey God, “then both you AND THE KING who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God.” Here is another example of scripture telling us that we get the kind of leadership we deserve:
If the people would serve God, then so would the king. But :15 goes on to say that if they wouldn’t listen to God, His hand would be against them — and one of the ways His hand would be against them would be to raise up ungodly leadership. We do indeed see this very thing happen in the history of Israel: when the people’s hearts turned from God, ungodly kings were allowed to rule over them. God allowed them to have the kind of leadership they deserved.
And He does the same thing for us, too. Churches usually get the kind of leadership they deserve. When the members are more interested in corporate leadership styles, carnal attractions, and worldly measures of success instead of faithfulness to the word of God, they get the kind of carnal leadership they deserve. When we as a nation have citizens who care more about “what’s in it for us” than “what can I do for my country”, then again, we get the kind of leadership in our government and institutions that we deserve.
Verses like this in scripture should serve as a “wake up call” for us. Instead of merely complaining about our leadership — in our churches or in our nation — we should start by closely examining our own hearts. For the Bible tells us that we usually get the kind of leadership we deserve.