The shortness of Micah and Nahum causes many to
overlook the greatness of their messages. Certainly both books have
religious significance; but like other books in the Bible, they teach
lessons for all leaders. Here are three:
Micah 6:8 1: Leaders should be just, merciful, and humble.
The great leader Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I agree and add this:
Unjust leaders influence many followers.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (NASB) History abounds with examples of
merciless leaders. Their behavior gives meaning to the old phrase,
“Those who live by the sword can expect to die by the sword.” Not only
should leaders show mercy, they will reap what they sow.
The great theologian St Augustine said, “If you plan to
build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of
humility.” The nore leaders exalt themselves, the further the
fall. Remember the proverb: “Pride goes before the fall.”
Micah 7:3-4: Leaders should not be
self-serving. Micah says the nation is suffering because the people
trusted leaders who were more interested in satisfying their own desires
than meeting the needs of the people or the country. Quite simply,
leaders must be servant-leaders who seek to positively transform others
and the organizations they lead. No countries or organizations endure
which do not have servant leaders.
Nahum 3:18-19: Leaders must develop future
leaders. Nineveh’s leaders were weak and unwilling to provide
direction; consequently the people were wandering. I have learned this
from my successes and failures, and those of others: confused and
aimless wandering of followers is often the result of leaders not
delegating leadership responsibilities and failing to develop leaders.
Leaders simply must plan for the future. They must engage in succession
planning by developing and mentoring those to follow.
Micah and Nahum are short, but they have important
theological significance and they provide lessons for leaders.