Daily D – 1 Kings 4:25
1 Kings 4:25 During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree.
Peace is possible with wise leadership.
Read 1 Kings 3 and 4 and see how Solomon began his reign. He began with a request for wisdom which God granted in abundance. (See 3:4-15.) Wisdom led people to trust Solomon. They had confidence he would make good decisions benefiting everyone.
We see Solomon’s wise organizational structure in 1 Kings 4. He was the wisest man in the world, and he had a full staff of advisors to help him with his blind spots. He could not be everywhere all the time. He placed trusted leaders where they needed to be for able administration of the whole country.
1 Kings 4:20 NIV
What would be different in our communities, churches, and various levels of government if we sought out the wisest leaders instead of the loudest and most obnoxious? What if we stopped rewarding those who simply hang around forever doing their party’s bidding? What if character mattered more than money? What if effectiveness accompanied by integrity was the rule of our day?
These are thoughts worth thinking.
Here’s another: What if you and I became this kind of leader? What would that look like?
- Seek God’s wisdom.
- Surround yourself with people who can see what you cannot.
- Do what is right, just, fair, and compassionate for all people everywhere.
- Prize peace over pugnacity.
I will seek God’s wisdom in everything I am and all I do.
Our Father, please give us wisdom. Please bless us with leaders of wisdom and character. Please deliver us from the mess we are in. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”