I Kings 3:5-12
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” vs. 9
Those who made the final edition of our scriptures didn’t bother to whitewash the heroes of faith. For instance we know that King Solomon in his glory years raised taxes on the poor and accumulated great wealth for himself, along with a massive harem of wives and mistresses. But scriptures also say that he assumed the throne with humility, and in a dream, asked God to grant him an understanding heart and great wisdom. In other words, he made a good start! Some read these accounts and wonder what he was really like. Such persons seem to believe leaders can only be good or bad, and don’t seem to consider that Solomon could be both wise and foolish. The truth is that many times we just don’t know how leaders are going to turn out. Often, like Solomon, they begin with good intentions…but it’s not easy to govern, especially with all the temptations that come with wealth and power. Thank God for those leaders who do govern with integrity through the entirely of their time in power, and who are not swayed by the desire for wealth or riches. Solomon’s kingdom fell into civil war after his death…and the rupture was never healed. May God grant us an abundance of discerning and wise leaders…only then will our future be secure!
Thought for the Day: Why do powerful leaders often have feet of clay?