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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.