“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9)
When the young Solomon was anointed and appointed King, he quickly appreciated the gravity and heavy responsibility that this position would entail. So much so that when asked by God, “What shall I give you?,” he responded with understanding and discernment, better known as “wisdom.” Of all of the world’s riches available to the young King, he instead asked God for the ability to lead others wisely. As Christian leaders in our own spheres today, is this our primary interest? Do we diligently seek wisdom (which God promises to provide those who pray for it)?
In assessing our great responsibility before God to lead Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God alone), it is imperative that we beg for wisdom that our leadership not become a means to our own self-aggrandizement and eventual destruction. Our motives must remain focused on glorifying God and serving others. Without the wisdom of God (for there is no other), we are left to our own ignorant and feeble devices. The same Solomon that presented this request for wisdom before God, later writes, “Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love, his throne is upheld.” (Prov 15:22). As Christian leaders, may we desire, pursue, and pray for wisdom to lead those whom God has placed in our care.
-Soli Deo Gloria