Exodus 17:4: "Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these
people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
The price of leadership is often loneliness.
leadership, a dark shadowy valley often follows a mountaintop experience.
see this pattern with God’s leaders. Moses soared from the heights of leading his
people out of Egyptian bondage and landed in the depths of near depression and
The great Moses led people who didn’t trust him. They
grumbled. They complained. They second-guessed. They disobeyed. Each time,
Moses turned in frustration to God. At one point, Moses cried out, “What am I
to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me” (Exodus 17:4).
Moses illustrates a simple truth of leadership: Loneliness
frequently follows situations that become “us” against “them,” or the leader
standing alone against groups of people who have formed pockets of resistance,
gossip and more. Throughout the life of his leadership, Moses endured the
Israelites’ complaints and rebellion (see Exodus 15–17; Numbers 14; 16). In the
face of ensuing isolation and loneliness that Moses must have experienced, he
continued serving faithfully by appointing priests and judges, creating a place
of worship, delivering God’s law, writing the first five books of the Bible and
interceding on behalf of the people.
We learn from Moses’ life that the price of leadership is
often loneliness. During the difficult times of leading the people through the
wilderness, Moses faced opposition from those who should have been his closest
Leadership is difficult and lonely work. What leaders need
to experience your support?
What can you do to help leaders at work or church
implement tough changes they are trying to make?