A wise leader
1 Kings 3:10-14 – The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor for have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both wealth and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
Today’s devotional is continuing on from yesterday’s – if you haven’t read that, click here.
I love that God sees the heart. He saw that Solomon’s heart was pure, honest and hungry for Heavenly wisdom. He knew that Solomon wanted discernment so that he could become a good leader for his kingdom – not for his own glory.
As a youth leader in my church, I pray for wisdom as often as I can. I know that I not only have youth looking up to me, but also other youth leaders. I know that I need to know who my God is and I know that my relationship with Him needs to be strong, healthy and constantly growing. That can only be done with true wisdom and humility.
But in reality, I shouldn’t just be praying for wisdom just because I’m a youth leader. There are other people in the world looking into the window of my life and they need to see all of the above too! And so do you. Perhaps you’re not an official leader with weighty responsibility, but I guarantee there are a great number of people in your life who need to see your light for Jesus. Wherever you are and whatever you do, you’re a leader. You have influence, whether you know you do or you don’t.
Imagine if all of us prayed for wisdom like Solomon did. Imagine if we all approached God with a humble, open heart, declaring our great need for His knowledge and discernment in our lives. As followers of Christ, we would become so powerful in His name.
Make it your prayer today – for a wise and discerning heart.