I am aware of a church, where the moderator (the lead pastor) stepped down, so they needed a new moderator. There was one minister in particular that went around telling people that he would do it if he was chosen. In other words, he was campaigning to be the moderator of that church.
When Moses didn’t obey the Lord (he struck the rock to get water instead of speaking it) it was promised to him that he would not see the promised land.
Moses must have wondered what would happen when he died. Who would be the next leader of Israel?
When the Lord let Moses know he would soon die, Moses questioned him about the next leader.
So did God say, well I don’t know?
We will have an election.
May the best candidate win.
NO, here is how it went down.
You are invited to read the following verses.
12 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim range and see the land I have given the Israelite’s. 13 After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was,
14 for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” (These were the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.)
15 Moses said to the LORD , 16 “May the LORD , the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community 17 to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD ‘s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
18 So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit and lay your hand on him. 19 Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. 20 Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. 21 He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the LORD. At his command, he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command, they will come in.”
22 Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. 23 Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LORD instructed through Moses.
You see, there is no campaigning when the Lord is in charge. He is the one who chooses. And life works much better when we allow Him to choose what we each should do.
There is nothing wrong with having a plan for life. However, be prepared if the Lord God decides to change it.
And if He chooses to work through you, be glad, not sad.
There must never be campaigning for doing the word of the Lord.
There must be humble submission Instead as we wait for His plan to unfold in and around our lives.