Do you hope to be a godly leader some day? Maybe among your classmates or friends. Maybe on your team or in your future career. Certainly you want to be able to lead your children when you are a parent. Or maybe you just want to know what kind of people you should follow. Today’s passage in Proverbs paints a picture of righteous leadership based on the ideal king of ancient times. Godly leaders recognize that their authority comes from God and that as humble servants of Christ, they don’t know everything (v. 2a). Such leaders seek wisdom and knowledge and persevere until they find answers (2b-3). They desire to know what is right and do it. Christ-like leaders hate evil and work to help others join them in turning away from sin (vv. 4-5). Finally, they value humility in themselves and others; they are aware of the constant dangers of pride and ask God to keep it far from them and those who they serve (vv. 6-7).
Take these words of truth today and let them sink into your soul. God wants more godly leaders in our school, and you could become one of them!
The Text (Proverbs 25:1-7)
1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from silver,
And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great;
7 For it is better that he say to you, “Come up here,”
Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
Questions to Think About
- Do you consider yourself a leader? If so, would others see you as a godly leader or a bad leader?
- What can you do this summer to start preparing yourself to be a godly leader among your classmates next school year?