Daily D – 2 Kings 12:2
2 Kings 12:2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
2 Chronicles 24:2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.
Who is the person you depend on for clear guidance and wise counsel? That person empowers you to maximize your life.
We have heard the old saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” No one of us is omnicompetent. Each of us has defining strengths and limiting weaknesses. We do some things easily and naturally. Other things are more of a challenge, perhaps even impossibilities.
It was Dirty Harry who said, “A man has got to know his limitations.” This is true for women and students as well. I am facilitating a LifePlan this week. In reviewing my client’s assessments (Insights Discovery, APEST, and CliftonStrengths), I see a remarkably consistent and focused man.
Here is a man who knows his strengths. The question he is pondering these days is how to maximize those strengths in the next season of his life. This is a focus worth pursuing. What steps are you taking toward the same goal?
King Joash was well acquainted with his limitations. He became king when he was a child. Fortunately, he had Jehoiada the priest to guide and instruct him. Jehoiada lived a good, long life. He died at age 130. Joash always did the right thing as long as Jehoiada was alive. When Jehoiada died, Joash experienced the challenges associated with a lack of guidance and instruction. There was no one to ask the hard questions or to help him find the best path forward.
All that had made him so successful beforehand was removed and not replaced. The Farmers Insurance advertisements say, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” Jehoiada knew a thing or two. Joash needed his guidance as a child, a teen, and a young man. He also needed someone like him when Jehoiada died.
We are at our best when we have people in our lives who can provide clear guidance and wise counsel. Who do you depend on for these essentials? Who do you invite to speak into your life? Who can question you without fear of your anger and displeasure? Who do you trust to help you plot a better path?
A Dallas businessman wrote a book called, You and Your Network. Fred Smith, not the FedEx guy, provides clear guidance and wise counsel for leaders. He writes about the kinds of people we need to maximize our lives in a manner that honors God and serves others. Bobb Biehl provides similar instruction in his book, Mentoring.
Leaders who went fast without wise guidance can tell many a painful story. Learn from their mistakes. Cultivate relationships with those who see where you are blind and who are strong where you are weak.
I will depend on those who provide clear guidance and wise counsel.
Our Father, thank you for the people you have placed in my life who provide clear guidance and wise counsel. Thank you for their strengths. Thank you for their sound questions and powerful insights. Give me ears to hear what you are saying to me through these treasured friends. 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.