New Leadership for Kenya

As I reflected on the events of the inauguration of the new president of the nation of Kenya and his deputy on the 9th April 2013, the commissioning by Bishop Oginde is top on the list of highlights for me. This commissioning was done with both these men and their wives kneeling before the nation and in full sight of the heavens.

The Bishop took one of my favourite leadership texts from the old testament found in Isaiah 45:1-4 and it reads:

This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates may not be shut 2 “I will go before you and I will level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and the riches stored in secret places, that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I summon you by your name, and bestow on You a title of honor.

A couple of things stand out for me in this text and the circumstances that our nation is in currently. First, Cyrus is called God’s anointed; he was designed and qualified for his great service by the counsel of God. It is not out of a glowing CV or his personal righteousness that he got there. God called him. When God calls a man, he also commissions him with a specific agenda or purpose for his life. I am sure there were issues in and around his life that would have disqualified him being used by God, but God called him. PERIOD!

Secondly, the true God was to Cyrus an unknown God and yet God foreknew him and even called him by his name. Not only did he call him by name, He also gave him a title, my anointed. Herein lay fulfillment of a prophesy that had been foretold earlier and in it’s fulfillment, Cyrus gets to know that Jehovah was the only true God, there was no other and that it was for the sake of Israel that he was prospered. These things stated here in verse 1-4 all happen so that God can be glorified, not Cyrus.

Likewise, in our nation, God can choose whoever He wants so that He, God, can receive ALL GLORY AND HONOR. He knew a long time ago about these events that seem to baffle our limited understanding. He knew what leadership He wanted for our nation. We may not understand His workings, we may not even like it. But He reminds us that His ways are (have been and continue to be) higher than ours. I am reminded, now more clearly, that in all the changes of kingdoms and governments, God still works out the good of His people. I believe that even in this our own transition in Kenya, it is no different.

Just for good measure, I though to include the prayer that Bishop Oginde prayed for our president, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. It went as such;

” Everlasting Father, The Lord and God of the universe, the creator of all that we see and do not see. We want to return thanks to you for this great day that You have brought us into Your presence O Lord. We want to thank you For choosing leaders for this great nation, Kenya. And I want to pray O God that as they begin their duties that Your hand will be upon them. We pray heavenly Father, that You will make these leaders that You have chosen for us, to be instruments of peace, to be symbols of unity, and to be expressions of love.

May Kenya know great peace, love and prosperity under their leadership. We want to pray heavenly Father for their families, we pray for those who they are going to work together with, in the cabinet and other arms of Government. We pray that Your favor will rest upon this land that we will know great love and mercy because of Your favor upon us.
And now Mr. President, and Mr. Deputy President together with the first ladies, we commission you to conduct and discharge your duties in the fear of God.

Knowing so well that every duty that God entrusts us He will also bring us into account. We pray that you will embark on Your duties with great humility and yet with courage and boldness. May the Lord give you the wisdom of Solomon to deal with complex decisions that will come your way. May He give you the foresight of Joseph to manage our economy to prosperity both in times of plenty and of want. May He give you the insights of the sons of Issachar, to know the times that Kenyans should dwell in and the things that they should do. May He grant you the management skills of Nehemiah, to mobilize the people to rebuild our broken down walls and our burnt gates. May He grant you the courage of David to confront and slay the twin giants of corruption and tribalism that have so dominated our land for too long. May He give you the grace of Jesus to forgive and embrace real and perceived enemies. And most of all may He give you the passion of Paul to desire nothing more than to know Christ and the power of His resurrection (bolds and italics mine).
And so now to Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you His glorious presence, without fault and with great joy, the only God our Savior, be glory, majesty and power and authority. Through Jesus Christ our Lord before all ages, now and forever more. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN!”

Wow! Call me sentimental but I believe Kenya is clearly on a new trajectory. May our new leadership connect with the things God wants to do in this country, may justice be our shield and defender and plenty be found within our borders.

And now I declare ‘it’s a new season’ for this great country. Every blessing to us all.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Liz on April 15, 2013 at 13:04

    That to was my highlight for the whole inauguration. Kneeling for me is a symbol of humility and surrender. What made it so poignant is that they (President Uhuru and his Vice Ruto), requested the prayers. Indeed I believe that this is a new season for Kenya. The year of our Jubilee!!


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