Daily D – 1 Kings 12:7
They replied, “Today if you will be a servant to this people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.”
1 KINGS 12:7 (CSB)
Impatience ruins just about everything. Proverbs 16:32, one of the sayings Solomon collected to instruct his son says, “Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city.” Rehoboam must have been daydreaming when Solomon taught this lesson.
Patience reminds us that there is more to life than this moment in time. Every future moment is shaped to some degree by how we respond now. The Butterfly Effect is set in motion by how well we manage our emotions.
Emotional intelligence enhances conversations. It improves productivity. It helps people get along.
Rehoboam did not listen to the wise advice of his father’s advisors. His father was the wisest man who ever lived. His advisors spent years in his company and knew what to say and do in all matters. Sadly, Rehoboam decided to show everyone he was rough, tough, and hard to bluff. He chose the pathway of power.
Read the rest of this chapter and you discover the only proper response to Rehoboam’s power play is “Oops.” He lost nearly everything.
Today, each one of us will have the opportunity to practice our emotional intelligence. We get to choose between power and patience. What would Jesus do?
Every leadership lesson Jesus taught was about patience and service. Jesus would take the pathway of patience. He would want us to do the same. Those without patience and other characteristics of emotional intelligence rule over increasingly less.
Listen to Rehoboam’s advisors who served Solomon for so long.
1. Serve people with your words and actions.
2. Speak kindly to them.
3. Practice patience instead of power.
I will live an increasingly emotionally intelligent life.
Our Father, empower me to live with patience when I would prefer power. Give me kind words when I would prefer harsh responses. Give me a servant spirit toward everyone I meet. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.