Leadership Lessons from The Wise King
1 Kings 3:1-28; 5:1-6
As we prepare ourselves to choose the next set of leaders in our church, we will continue to allow God to speak to us through His Word. The Bible is filled with great leadership lessons and one of which is the story of King Solomon. And like this third and last king of Israel’s united kingdom, we will never find perfect people, but merely those who have the greatest potential to bring us to where God wants us. Thus, there are three things we are praying for our future leaders today.
1. Spiritual integrity.
“3 Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. 4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.” NIV. 1 Kings 3:3-4.
· Before his death, David instructed Solomon to remain faithful to the Lord, by walking in His ways, obeying all His commands given to them in the Law of Moses (1 Kings 2:1-4).
· Solomon was about 20 years old when he became king, hence still inexperienced and lacking in wisdom.
· He has not totally destroyed the pagan “high places” they inherited from the Canaanites.
· Spiritual integrity takes time and needs a lot of help from the Lord to build.
C.S. Lewis, “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”
· “Doing the right thing” is an intentional and consistent effort.
· Integrity does not mean perfection but points to the level of one’s ability to do what is right before the Lord.
· Part of doing right is the willingness to correct flaws.
We must ask the Lord to guide us in choosing the next leaders who will inspire us with their dedication to service and growth in holiness.
2. Filled with wisdom.
“11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.” 1 Kings 3:9-12.
· The attribute of God outshines Solomon’s character.
The Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and graciously offered, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5.
· A very generous offer to help Solomon function as king.
· Solomon asked for a discerning heart to govern God’s people. See 1 Kings 3:9-12.
· God made Solomon the wisest king that ever lived. See 1 Kings 3:12.
· God gave Solomon the ability to counsel, to delegate authority, and made Israel prosperous and peaceful in his time.
Let’s pray for leaders who are blessed with godly wisdom and spiritual discernment so they can lead us to the direction that the Lord has set for us.
3. Clear visions.
“2 Solomon sent back this message to Hiram: 3 “You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the Lord his God until the Lord put his enemies under his feet. 4 But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster. 5 I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.’” 1 Kings 5:2-5.
· David already gave Solomon the plan for building the temple. 1 Chronicles 28.
· His vision is clear: To build God’s Temple and make God’s name known all through-out the earth.
· Being the wisest person that God made him to be, Solomon had set goals to achieve the vision.
· Solomon figured out the resources he needed to import.
· He took advantage of his father’s friendship with King Hiram and articulated his vision clearly and asked for King Hiram’s help.
We must pray for leaders who can champion our vision of seeing "Transformed lives and communities through God's love, discipleship and prayer." We need leaders who can embrace our vision, champion it and persistently drive it to completion.