“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?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
I want to highlight a strong leader referenced in the Bible, King Solomon. He was known to be a great man of wisdom and knowledge, and was highly favored by many throughout his reign as king. God blessed the nation of Israel abundantly, but it was because his heart was in a posture of reverence to God. Because King Solomon loved the Lord first and foremost, riches, possessions, honor, and blessing followed him.
Leadership is a privilege. As Christians, we are all called to leadership in some capacity. But when much is given, much is required. A wise pastor once told me — what you do in moderation, your followers will do in excess. For those in leadership, God holds to high standards because he knows under good leadership a nation can rise, and under bad leadership a nation can fall. Whether you realize it or not, people are watching you, and what you do and how you live matters. Most importantly, I encourage you to seek the Lord first. Like many times in Scripture, when your heart is right, the blessing follows suit. Don’t miss out on what the Lord has for you next because your heart isn’t right. Our God is always looking to bless!