One of my favorite passages of scripture that we can learn from as leaders is in 1 Kings 3. In verse 5, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and told him to “ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon had just become King after his father, King David has passed away. So, here is young, inexperienced Solomon being told that He can ask for whatever he wants
“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong…”
– 1 Kings 3: 9 NIV
Solomon’s reply was one of great humility and dependence upon God. Because of his humble heart, God blessed Solomon’s reign as King. There are many things that a leader can learn from Solomon in this pivotal moment of his new position of leadership.
- God is pleased with Humble Hearts
As leaders, we have to be intentional about maintaining hearts of humility. As long as we are leading people, we will always need God’s help. There will be times to have difficult conversations, times to admit our own faults, and times we just won’t have a clue what to do. We have to know that we cannot lead people in our own strength, but we have to rely on the help of God. The new king, Solomon, had no idea what he had just gotten into nor how in the world to do it well. So, he humbly asked God for wisdom to lead His people and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.
- God can give beyond what we ask
Did you think about all the things you might have asked for if God had said, “Ask of me whatever you want?” I know that I could use more people on my team so I’m not so overwhelmed with things to do. I could use some favor with people in our city and state so that the big dreams I have can be accomplished. Oh yeah, a little extra cash to buy things I could really use right now would be nice too. There are several things that we could all ask for and they might even be genuine needs. However, Solomon was simple in his request for Wisdom, and because of that God blessed Him with exactly what He asked for in a measure He probably never would have realized he could receive. But, god didn’t stop there. He gave Solomon great wealth and honor so that no one would ever compare to him as King (verse 12-13). Wow! When we make simple requests from humble hearts, God will answer us and provide more than we could ever imagine.
- God’s Promise is always found in our Obedience
It can be easy as a leader to start focusing on the tasks and goals that need to be accomplished. We start forgetting to care about the people around us as well as the God who got us to this place of leadership. God made Solomon a promise of long life as long as he walked in obedience and kept the commandments as his father did (verse 14). After we have humbly asked God for wisdom and direction on how to lead the people He has given us, we have to obey the words He has spoken. There have been many times where I prayed for wisdom on what to do in a situation and my prayer was answered. However, the wisdom and direction I was given weren’t easy. Those are hard moments, but it is in our obedience that we will discover God’s faithfulness to His promises to us.
Be humble in your leading and God will provide what you need, all you have to do is follow His direction. We, as always, are praying for you and your wisdom as you lead in ministry, business, and at home!
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