My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, May 19, 2012
On Peace and Leadership
Now Solomon had 70,000 transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains,
(1 Kings 5:15 NASB)
besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief deputies who were over the project and who ruled over the people who were doing the work.
(1 Kings 5:16 NASB)
Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
(2 Chronicles 2:1 NASB)
So Solomon assigned 70,000 men to carry loads and 80,000 men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them.
(2 Chronicles 2:2 NASB)
“Now behold, I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the
timber, 20,000 kors of crushed wheat and 20,000 kors of barley, and
20,000 baths of wine and 20,000 baths of oil.”
(2 Chronicles 2:10 NASB)
Then Huram, king of Tyre, answered in a letter sent to Solomon: “Because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them.”
(2 Chronicles 2:11 NASB)
Then Huram continued, “Blessed be the LORD,
the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King
David a wise son, endowed with discretion and understanding, who will
build a house for the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
(2 Chronicles 2:12 NASB)
Solomon takes over leadership of the kingdom after his father. In
these short chapters there are numerous items to glean to help us
understand God's desire for leadership. Solomon makes peace with his
neighbors, and specifically Hiram to the north. He takes time to
negotiate with him and determine what might be mutually beneficial to
the two of them. Solomon is able to begin the work on the Temple
because the nation is at peace. Solomon needs resources from Lebanon,
specifically cedar with which to line the temple. Hiram has the trees
which are needed, but he and his countrymen need the grains which come
from Israel. They are kind and generous to one another, supplying each
Next Solomon must determine how best to accomplish the work. He
looks at the abilities of the laborers within the land and assigns them
to their abilities. He has men to carry loads, men to quarry the stone
and then has a system of supervisors to keep the work organized and
efficient. The men who go north to work in the forests work in shifts.
They go for a month at a time, but then are brought home for two months
to be with their families. They rotate the men so that their families
are cared for at home.
Ultimately the Temple and Royal Palace are built and they are a testimony to God's work in the life of David's son, Solomon.
It is amazing what can be accomplished when people are not selfish!
Solomon was a very wealthy man, but he had asked God to give him
discernment regarding justice. He acted justly when it came to the
construction of the Temple and the Palace. For the work to go forward
efficiently there was a system of job assignment and supervision which
was developed, but it was not designed to take advantage of people.
Instead, Solomon's system was not selfish, but purposely cared for those
who were laboring.
Sadly, in today's day and age there are leaders who are far too
selfish. I think of all the "home-grown" companies and businesses that
developed around leaders who cared about their communities. After the
original founders are gone, leaders have come in and decimated the
companies in an effort to make money, and leave an entire community
destroyed in the wake. This is not the kind of leader that Solomon was,
and nor is it the kind of leader that God wants us to be. A leader is
to care for all of those within their sphere of responsibility. The
work cannot be accomplished at the expense of the workers.
When there is peace, much more can be accomplished! God had told
David that he would not be the one to build the temple. There was too
much fighting in David's lifetime. Resources in David's day had to be
allocated to fighting battles. When we are fighting battles, we don't
have the resources necessary to be building up. This may be true in
terms of nations, but can also be true in regard to organizations and
personal relationships. When energy is being spent on being defensive,
we can't be on the offensive. There are times when we may need to be
engaged in battle, but we must also ask whether we spend time and energy
in unnecessary battles. These battles will keep us from fulfilling the
purposes that God has for us.
Finally, don't do everything yourself! Solomon had a vision which he
received from God via his father. He knew what it was that was to be
accomplished. However, he didn't try to micro-manage the project.
Instead he found the very best leaders he could find and then set up a
system of accountability. He trusted his skilled leaders to do the
work. When skilled people are trusted and empowered to move forward
with the work, they will accomplish great things for their leader.
Sadly, Solomon doesn't continue in this manner throughout his entire
life. We see the final negative results of going your own way -- of
become selfish, and allowing power to corrupt. But let's take time to
learn from this Solomon and ask God to help us when we find ourselves in
places of leadership.
Lord, please help me to seek your wisdom and guidance on a daily basis. Amen.