When you are perceived to have power, your list of “friends” seems endless. Interestingly, at times those who “rule” using unrelenting fear tactics seem to have the longest friends’ list. Don’t be deceived. That list isn’t THAT long.
Truth is, we all have roles. In any given situation, we may be leaders; we may be followers. The question is, “How are we getting our positions?”
Power can be seductive, captivating, hypnotizing to many. Some lust after it. Some scheme to get it. Some will sell you for it. If not careful, powerful leaders may begin to see themselves as gods and to some they may be, BUT are they to you?
Seasons change, however. Winds do shift. Roles are redefined.
Nothing can heal your wound;
your injury is fatal.
Everyone who hears the news about you
claps his hands at your fall,
for who has not felt
your endless cruelty? —Nahum 3:19
No one wants a merciless leader. Friends, once intimidated, will cheer at your destruction. Though silent, they observed how you acquired your reign. They watched how you manipulated to maintain it.
Your subjects now rejoice.
They have no mercy for you,
You had none for them.
Winds do shift.
Your cries for help are met with no assistance.
They are praising their God.
Roles are redefined.
Don’t let power trip you up. If not careful, it will.