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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”