Leaders: What Goes Around Comes Around
Tell the righteous that it will go well [for them], for they will eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked [it will go] badly [for them], for what they have done will be done to them. Youths oppress My people, and women rule over them. My people, your leaders mislead you; they confuse the direction of your paths. The Lord rises to argue the case and stands to judge the people. The Lord brings [this] charge against the elders and leaders of His people: “You have devastated the vineyard. The plunder from the poor is in your houses. Why do you crush My people and grind the faces of the poor?” says the Lord God of Hosts. Isaiah 3:10-15 (HCSB)
The Lord our God extended a covenant with his people from the beginning, promising he will provide, protect, and preserve his people, if his people will obey his will, walk in his ways and seek his wisdom. The reward (or, blessing) for faithfully claiming the name of the Lord is not only beneficial in this life, but God promises also beyond this life. However, why do so many people reject God’s covenant? Is it because they allow their selfish nature to direct their lives? “I want to be in control. I know what is best for me!” How foolish can we be to assume that the created knows better than the Creator?
In this passage, Isaiah warned the people: “What goes around comes around!” If you acted wickedly and oppressed the people under your care, the same will happen to you. Whenever leaders scheme, confuse and mislead the people God placed them over, he promises to rise up as their Judge and hold them accountable. Their self-serving actions will be revealed for what they are: Wicked and Wrong! When the leaders of the land begin to place at risk the security, safety, and stability of the land, the Lord will bring about changes. Even their secret meetings will not go unnoticed. The Lord knows the intent of their hearts of those who believe they are in control.
The relevance is clear. If we claim to be a Nation under God, then we must act like it. We must trust that God allows us to experience changes in leadership. Just as we individually must seek after God’s will, ways, and wisdom, so too must the government, because God established it. What the Lord establishes, the Lord guides and directs. If you think God is not engaged in this world, open your eyes and heart, you will discover that history reveals “what comes around goes around.”