Wisdom Is Needed To Lead!

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 NIV

Believers know the story about Solomon and how he asked God for wisdom instead of riches and God gave Him the riches and honor, too. Amazing! The king humbled himself before God and acknowledged he didn’t have what it would take to lead God’s people!

There are so many lessons that can be learned from Solomon’s life. First of all, his ascension to his father’s throne was fulfillment of prophecy.  There are some things that are going to happen in our lives that are simply fulfillment of God’s plans. What we do with those plans are on us.

Then, we need to know within ourselves when we need help. Thinking we know everything when we don’t is probably the detonator that will trigger disaster in our lives. None of us knows everything and we all need people in our lives to help us to accomplish anything worthwhile.  We own what we do not know and ask for help before either cause an implosion or an explosion that destroys us and others.

When we understand God, through our relationship with Him, we know there is no wisdom like His and we go to Him to ask for wisdom and direction in all area of our lives. And get this–He won’t think badly of us when we come to Him for help. What He will do, is to honor our request. He will give us more wisdom than we can handle at one time, but He will also guide us in using the wisdom He gives.

Another lesson we obtain from learning about Solomon is to not get so full of ourselves that we forget how God expects all of His people to live. Solomon allowed his wealth–the material things to mean far too much to him to the point that he boasted–to the wrong people–of all he had. And to make matters worse–he married all sorts of women and had concubines and lived long enough to understand–he had gone astray and what befell him was because of his disobedience to God.

I have heard and seen many people proclaiming that even though Trump is not qualified to be the president of this country that we should just pray for him. Here’s the challenge with that approach–all the prayer in the world will not make him fit to be president if he is not willing to hear God. Presently, I see no evidence of him ever listening to God because he’s too busy listening to himself. We must remember that God allows all of us freewill choice-He does not make anyone do anything and He won’t change who He is because of Donald Trump or anyone else.

Therefore, my prayer is for the nation–that as Americans we will stand firm on God’s Word and seek Him in all things–including who we put into office. When we are willing to listen to God, He will speak to us and we will hear what He says–even over the barrage of insults and media sensationalism.

Lord, give us a heart to hear You and then give us the desire, the will, and the courage to obey what we hear.

 

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom Is Needed To Lead!

  1. We know God is in charge of who will be our next President… It has to be Donald Trump, because the Democrats will continue to bring this country closer to socialism, with the government taking even more control of we the people…

    I would’t post my thoughts about Trump not being a Christian…even though I might believe it… You don’t know his heart… I would pray that Trump seeks the Lord for the wisdom to lead this country, and allow God to either fill him with the Holy Spirit…or if he is a Christian, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to control Trumps actions as President…

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    • Good morning Bruce,

      While I understand your sentiments in this situation, I don’t agree. The Word tells us, “we will know them by their fruit.” In other words, I have seen no evidence in Trump’s behavior to indicate He even knows God. And you’re right–I don’t know his heart, but I don’t see the heart of God leading him in anything he says or does. Where is the love for all people that overflows from God onto others? I haven’t seen evidence that Donald loves anyone but himself and his wealth. I listen to the candidates, not the media, and I’m not impressed by anyone in the running. We have to watch as well as pray!

      I don’t care for any of our choices and that’s why my prayer is that Americans will be wise in their decision in who they vote for. Praying for Donald will not change who he is unless he is willing to hear God. I thought I had made that clear in my commentary.

      Those of us who know God are called to do what He desires us to do and that is what He’s put on my heart to say. I have no personal knowledge of Trump or Clinton, but I do listen to Holy Spirit and I am responding to His directions for my life and what I blog. I do not post blogs (as it relates to scripture and the application to our lives) without prayer and listening for direction. And I will not allow fear–of anything or anyone–guide me in doing anything. I trust God to know what He’s doing when I don’t know what to do.

      Love to love you!

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