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Draper Rogers: Seeking Wisdom is Important for Leaders

2 Chronicles 1:10 “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?”

In this text of scripture, Solomon was about to become King.  The Lord appeared to him and said, “Ask me what I should give you…” (2 Chronicles 1:7)  2 Chronicles 1:10 records Solomon’s response.

What spurred Solomon to answer the Lord the way he did?  Why not ask the Lord for other things?  My thought is that Solomon knew who made him King, God.

Before we get to the answer, we must understand something.  All authority is put in place by God.  (Romans 13:1) Without a proper understanding of our leadership role, we can get puffed up with pride.  We think that it is our connection, our degrees, our (fill in the blank) …newsflash, it is not.

Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge for leading the people God has called him to lead.

The knowledge that Solomon asked for was understanding.  He wanted to understand the content of what a person was thinking.  Remember Stephen Covey’s “seek first to understand before being understood.”

The wisdom that Solomon asked for was the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.

Solomon understood that his leadership depended on the wisdom and knowledge that God would give him.  Here is a question, does your leadership rely solely on what you know and think?  If so, you are in trouble.  Why?  Because the Bible tells us in the Book of Daniel that there is a spiritual battle happening around us.

I close with this, as Christ-following leaders, we must understand that we are put in leadership positions by God.  Therefore, we will be accountable to God for how we lead.

Never lose sight of the ONE who placed you in your leadership position.

Draper Rogers is a pastor on staff at Gardendale First Baptist Church. His devotional column appears every Wednesday in The Gardendale News.