The Buck Stops Here

The challenge is that no one will ever understand what it is like to be the boss until they are in a leadership position of their own.

Job 14:1-22

Reference:  v. 20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone; you change their countenance and send them away. (TNIV Bible)

Explore:  It's hard to be the boss, the leader, the head.  No matter what happens the buck always stops at the top.  Whether they are managing two people, twenty people or two hundred people, there are challenges in being the boss.  While they may want to get along with everyone there is bound to be a time when they can't please everyone.  Being the only person with the overall perspective there will be times when the boss has to make decisions that wont please everyone.  The challenge is that no one will ever understand what it is like to be the boss until they are in a leadership position of their own.

Application:  God is the boss of all creation, and we will never understand what that is like.  I don't understand why He makes the decisions that He does, why does He heal one person and not another? Why does He allow evil to prevail and good to struggle?  There are many big questions that I may never understand… and that's because I'm not the boss.  I don't see the bigger picture.  While Job was an amazingly faithful and righteous man it was clear that he did not see the bigger picture either.  He could not understand what was happening to him and why.  He looked to the 'boss' for answers and heard only silence.  There will be times when we do the same.  If we are to have faith then we are to believe that God has it in hand, even if we don't understand the meaning behind it all.  It's ok to question what is going on but we live in the hope that God is in control of the bigger picture.

Prayer:  Lord, I don't think we can ever comprehend everything that happens in our world.  We pray that we will be faithful in our place in the world and be diligent leaders and workers with the responsibilities that have been placed in our hands.  Amen.

Think about the bigger picture in your school/home/work place.  What are the pressures for the boss?  What are the challenges for the workers/students?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.