One good man can make a difference. So says the God of the Bible in today’s stand-alone verse, Proverbs 28:2. When a government, business, organization, or church is suffering and torn apart by sin and conflict, there will be “many princes,” weak leaders fighting it out in countless power struggles. But one godly and wise man can steer the ship through troubles if he follows God closely and pursues righteousness for himself and those he leads. As we’ve read before in Proverbs this summer and as you can see in the history of Israel in the Old Testament, leadership matters. When God’s people had a good judge or king, they honored the Lord and prospered. But when the leader was bad, the people fell into sin and brought judgment on themselves.
Today’s teaching should encourage us to pray for our leaders. We should pray for our President and our Governor. Our national and state constitutions wisely placed the executive power in the hands of one person, not a group, because history had shown that more than one commander-in-chief at once was always a disaster. They understood the biblical principle that when it came to casting vision and making many important, often quick decisions, there needed to be one person in charge at the end of the day. We should pray for all of our pastors who lead our churches, but especially for the senior pastors, the “firsts among equals” who lead their congregations publicly through their faithful preaching of God’s Word each weekend. And as a Christian school community, we should pray for our new superintendent, that God’s hand of wisdom would lead him. The burden he carries is heavy and we need the Lord to be with Him in a mighty way.
Finally, God may be calling some of you to be righteous leaders among your classmates right now, while others of you need to recognize that you are leaders-in-training for the future. The biblical principle is that if you learn to be faithful with little, then God will entrust you with much. Do you want to be a leader for Christ and His Kingdom in our school and beyond one day? Then you need to become a young man or woman of spiritual discipline. You must make a daily habit of meditating on God’s Word and seeking God’s face and will in prayer and obedience. As I (Mr. Reel) told our middle school students the first day of school, the power to transform our lives and the culture of our school can only come from the Word and Spirit of God. The strength to be kind (and loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, good, gentle, faithful, and self-controlled!) is not in us – it can only come from a deep relationship with God that is developed by the daily renewing of our minds and souls over many weeks, months, and years. If you want to lead your friends and classmates in being conformed to the image of Jesus rather than this evil world, you must first be conformed to Christ yourself. Imagine what would happen if even one young man and woman in each grade at NRCA spent every day this year chasing hard after God. What might the Lord do among us?
One godly man or woman can make a difference. Will it be you this year?
The Text (Proverbs 28:2)
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.
Questions to Think About
- Do you and your family pray for the leaders of your country, state, church, and school? Maybe you can ask your parents to let you start praying for your leaders at dinner or in the car once a week. God’s Word encourages us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to offer up prayers for all of our leaders that we might enjoy quiet peace as God’s people. Do we keep this command?
- What are you doing right now to make yourself available for God to work in and through you? In other words, are you putting yourself in a place spiritually where God can transform you and those around you into Christ’s image? Explain.