SUCCESS AS A LEADER
Date: March 18
Category: Wisdom and Understanding
1 Chronicles 22:11-13
"Now, my son, the Lord be with and prosper you in building the house of the Lord your God, as He has spoken concerning you. Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding as you are put in charge of Israel, that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to keep and fulfill the statutes and ordinances with which the Lord charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage. Dread not and fear not; be not dismayed."
Around this time in history, King David knew he was going to die and his son, Solomon would take over as king of Israel. So David gives Solomon some instructions about building the temple of God and leading the nation of Israel. In verse 14a he says, "In my affliction and trouble I have provided for the house of the Lord…" Then he goes on to list all the things he brought to God's temple. Then in verse 16b, he says, "So arise and be doing, and the Lord be with you!" We can see through this passage that King David is speaking words of blessing to Solomon. He is telling Solomon that God will be with him and prosper him as he builds the house of the Lord. But not only is this a word of blessing from a father to his son, this is also a promise from God to all of us today. As we build the house of God, meaning as we do the work of the Lord, then He will be with us and prosper us along the way.
But there's something that we must receive first. David knew that as well. From his own experiences as king, he knew that there was something that Solomon would need to receive in order to become a successful king. In verse 12, we read that in order for a person to be a leader, he needs to have wisdom and understanding. Wisdom helps you to succeed in whatever you do. Understanding helps you to distinguish between what's right and what's wrong. And of course, knowledge helps you to know what you need to do.
So in this case, Solomon needed wisdom and understanding in order to lead Israel. What was the purpose of his leadership? Well in verse 12b it says, "..that you may keep the law of the Lord your God." The word "keep" here in Hebrew is "shamar," which means to observe.
It's like keeping a garden. When you keep a garden, you have to watch it, know what it needs to grow, and do what it takes for it to grow. So in order to gain wisdom and understanding, we need to keep and observe the law of God. We have to make sure we do what it takes for the law of God to grow in our hearts.
Now what is the law of the Lord? Well it's the Word of God! But how can we keep God's Word if we don't read it? How can we keep it if we don't memorize it? How can we obey it if it doesn't stay in our hearts? So God wants us to keep His law, meaning do what the Word of God tells us to do. But in order for us to do the Word of God, we have to read it. That's how we're going to be blessed. That's how we're going to be wise and understanding.
Once you keep the law of God, it says in verse 13a, "Then you will prosper if you are careful to keep and fulfill the statutes and ordinances with which the Lord charged Moses concerning Israel…" So first we have to keep the law of God, then we will gain wisdom and understanding. As we gain wisdom and understanding and as we continue to do what God tells us to do, then we will prosper. That's how prosperity comes. It comes through the wisdom that we gain from God when we do what He commands us to do.
The last important thing to remember is that God will be with you as you are obedient to Him. Before you do anything in life, this is what you have to know. Verse 13b, "Be strong and of good courage. Dread not and fear not; be not dismayed." Have confidence in yourself and the God you serve. Don't compare yourself to your enemy. Don't compare yourself to your circumstance. Compare your enemy to God. Compare your circumstance, your problem, and your obstacle to your God.
King David used all these principles to be successful during his reign over Israel. In this passage, we read that he is teaching these things to Solomon. But as we read, we can take these principles and apply them into our own lives as well. When we do, we will gain wisdom and understanding, and we will be successful in whatever we do.