When you are in leadership over others are you thinking about them?
(2 Chronicles 1:7-12, NKJV)
“On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
What an opportunity! Solomon had the chance to make his position secure, guarantee himself a smooth reign, and fill his treasury. But Solomon was thinking, “What’s best for the Lord’s people?” not, “What’s best for me?”
If only every leader had that same attitude and motivation to pray, “How can I be a better leader? How can I best serve those in my command? I need wisdom and understanding beyond my years. God, grant me wisdom from on high. Make me a blessing to those you’ve placed in my care and grant us success together.” That’s the kind of heart God loves to see and the kind of prayer He yearns to hear.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.