Last night we had our monthly elder meeting at church and one of the guys gave a devotional from 1 Kings 3. The passage details the account of when God asked Solomon, “Name whatever you want and I’ll give it to you.”
God was testing Solomon’s integrity. How tempting it would be to ask for money or fame or a long healthy life or the newest, fanciest chariot. (This has given me much thought–honest thought–about what I would ask for.)
But as we know, Solomon asked for wisdom. Here it is in his words:
“Now, O LORD, my God, You have made Your servant king in place of Your servant David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”
Here’s what it got me thinking about. All of us are leaders in one way or another. I heard somewhere that the definition of a leader is one who is in a position to influence others. That’s all of us, isn’t it? We all influence someone in some capacity, whether at home, work, church, or another area of life.
Here’s a few things that were brought out in the devotional last night. One, in and of ourselves, we are inadequate for any kind of leadership (godly leadership, that is). Two, God is the one who has placed us in a position to influence others. And three, we need His wisdom to justly lead and discern right from wrong.
Here’s what we should do. Humbly recognize that we cannot be an effective leader without God. We didn’t put ourselves there, we won’t keep ourselves there. It’s all about Him. Be honest enough to admit that without godly wisdom we will fail miserably as a leader. And pray for wisdom. Pray for discernment to know right from wrong. Pray for a sensitive heart. Pray for those we are in a position to lead.
Leadership is a grave responsibility. We would all do well to take it seriously and seek wisdom.
Now, I’d like to thank those who comment on this blog. This isn’t all about me and my words, you know. So many of you have great insight to offer and I’m so blessed when you do offer it. I read your comments and say, “Wow, I never thought of it that way,” or “Oh, that makes a lot of sense.”
Please, please, please feel free to offer a comment. Share your knowledge or insight or experience. It will help us all.