Inspired by Proverbs 8:4-21
“I have good advice and sound wisdom; I have insight, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me rulers rule, and nobles, all who govern rightly.” Proverbs 8:14-16 (NRSV)
It is daunting to be in a position of leadership. Whether you are head of state for a nation, owner of a business, supervisor of a department, or simply a parent or mentor of a child, you are responsible for leading and guiding those who look up to you. Responsibility is a heavy weight, and it is not to be treated casually.
The truth is, none of us is gifted enough in wisdom and strength to responsibly lead ourselves, let alone others. When we rely on ourselves and make choices based on what is right in our own eyes, we will invariably make selfish and corrupt choices, showing injustice to those who depend upon our leadership.
But when we seek the wisdom of the Lord, we are seeking true justice. We will be given insight beyond our own experiences that shows us how to govern rightly. We will be guided to show strength tempered with mercy, resolve tempered with compassion. The wisdom of the Lord will guide us in the ways of righteousness, and steer us away from pride, arrogance, and corruption.
All of us are leaders in some area of our lives. Any time you have influence over another person, whether ‘officially’ or not, you are a leader. Don’t be daunted by the weight of that responsibility; recognize it as an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God, and trust him to show you how.
Let us pray. God of wisdom, you are the source of truth, righteousness, and justice. Guide our choices, that all who look to us for leadership will benefit from your sovereignty. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.