Day 26 - Wisdom
WHAT IS GOD’S HEART FOR GOVERNMENT?
Daniel 2:20-22: “He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.”
James 3:13-17: “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.”
1 Kings 3:5-14: “I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in…So give your servant an understanding heart…”
Good leaders are very much aware of their limitations. Great leaders are driven to seek God.
During a particularly difficult time for the Union during America’s Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie died in the White House. Overcome with grief and with the immensity of the decisions he needed to be making on behalf of the nation, Lincoln confessed, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of those about me seemed insufficient for the day.”
When the Lord appeared in a dream to Solomon at Gibeon, He offered him whatsoever his heart desired. Solomon could have asked for riches and long life, but because he was a great leader, he confessed his inadequacy (“I am but a little child”) and asked for “an understanding heart”. The Hebrew for this phrase is literally “a heart that listens”.
Columnist Doug Larson said, “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” Among leaders today, who has a truly listening heart? Who is willing to confess their inadequacies? Who is driven to their knees by the overwhelming conviction that they have nowhere else to go?
Pray that the Lord would raise up more listening and humble leaders in our city. Leaders with the wisdom to seek the face of the Lord to guide them in the leadership. May the fruit of meekness be evident in their lives.
Who in your city do you see as a model of this type of wisdom? What are some practical ways you can bless this type of leader?
Do you know of any prospective leaders that the Lord might be raising-up? What can you do to support them?
What are some of the challenging issues in your city that require great wisdom in governance?
Jenny McCoy Tukwila, WA.
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