Scripture Passage: Ezra 6:1-16
The People Will Prosper with the Right Leaders
King Darius issued a decree to the Jews to re-build the house of God in Jerusalem. And the Bible says, “And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” These kings and prophets motivated the Jews to attain what they hitherto considered impossible.
The lesson here is this; the people will prosper with the right leaders. The right association will cause people to grow and flourish whereas the wrong association will choke life out of them. When people find the right leaders who inspire and motivate them, their success becomes inevitable. If you desire success, seek out leaders who recognise your potentials and drive you to be all you can be.
Prayer: Father, help me to follow the right leaders per time.
Scripture Passage: Job 1:1-22; 2:1-10
Uncommon Leaders Retain Their Integrity Even in Crisis
The Bible refers to Job as “the greatest of all men in the east.” Job was not only a great man; he was also a man with integrity. In introducing Job, the Bible says; “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil.” Many people appear to be upright but a crisis situation soon causes the mask to drop. This was not the case with Job and at some point his wife said to him, “dost thou still retain thine integrity?” But Job rebuked her and Job did not sin.
The lesson here is this; uncommon leaders retain their integrity even in crisis. Anyone can retain their integrity when all is well, but it takes an extraordinary person to retain their integrity when going through the storms of life. A crisis will always reveal the leader’s true character.
Prayer: Father, help me to become a person with integrity.
Scripture Passage: Job 1:1-5
Leaders Who Don’t Train Their Followers Will Constantly Make Atonement for Them
The Bible says concerning Job’s children, “And his sons went and feasted in their houses…and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them….and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, it may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” Obviously, Job had not transferred his values and philosophies to his children via training. Therefore, he could not vouch for their behaviour and continually feared that they had sinned.
The lesson here is this; leaders who don’t train their followers will constantly make atonement for them. This is burdensome and distracting as the leader repeatedly seeks ways to make amends for actual or perceived wrongdoings. Training is the way out.
Prayer: Father, help me to see the benefits of training.
Scripture Passage: 2 Kings 2:1-15
Leaders Who Remain Focused Will Eventually Find What They Seek
As Elisha made one final journey with Elijah, he sought a double portion of the spirit of Elijah, his departing master. He refused to be distracted by Elijah who tried severally to dissuade him from continuing the journey and by the sons of the prophets. Finally, when he voiced his desire to Elijah, he was informed that he had asked a hard thing but would get it if he saw Elijah when he was caught up. He required absolute focus to get his desire and Elisha remained focused. He returned as Elijah’s successor and carrying a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.
The lesson here is this; leaders who remain focused will eventually find what they seek. Distractions emerge to take the leader off course but focus will keep him on track. Focus is at the root of the fulfilment of every vision. The leader who will succeed must recognise and resist distraction in any form or shape.
Prayer: Father, help me to stay focused.
Scripture Passage: Esther 1:1-22
Familiarity inevitably leads to dishonour
During the feast in Shushan the palace the king asked his chamberlains to bring forth Queen Vashti as he desired to show off her beauty. However, Vashti refused to answer the king’s call. She was familiar with the king, she had seen him in ways no one else had, therefore she could dishonour him. To her, he was just her husband. But he was much more than that, he was the king.
The lesson here is this; familiarity inevitably leads to dishonour. There is a popular saying that familiarity breeds contempt. This is true. Many are unable to separate relationships. A woman married to the president of a nation must be able to separate her husband from the nation’s leader. When the king sent for Vashti, he did so from the office of the king. He did not send for her as her husband. When she refused him, it became a national matter and not a matrimonial matter.
Prayer: Father, give me wisdom to honour those in authority.
Scripture Passage: Esther 1:1-22
Those Who Dishonour Their Leaders Will Be Dishonoured
There was a feast in Shushan the palace as King Ahasuerus showed the riches of his glorious kingdom. Vashti the queen held a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to the king. In the midst of the celebrations, the king asked his chamberlains to bring forth Queen Vashti as he desired to show off her beauty. However, Vashti refused to answer the king’s call and this led to her demotion. She openly dishonoured the king who had made her queen and she was openly dishonoured as her place was given to another.
The lesson here is this; those who dishonour their leaders will be dishonoured. Therefore, if we desire to be honoured as leaders, we must honour our leaders and especially those who promoted us into the position of leadership we occupy. A dishonour of them is a form of ingratitude and leads to our disgrace and demotion.
Prayer: Father, help me to honour the leaders in my life.
Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 13:10-21
Courageous Leaders Are Not Afraid to Confront and Correct Evil
After the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt, Nehemiah perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them and he challenged the rulers saying, “why is the house of God forsaken?” He did not stop there but set the Levites in their place. Then, he noticed some treading wine presses and doing all manner of unlawful work on the Sabbath. He confronted them and put a stop to the evil practise. It takes courage to do this.
The lesson here is this; courageous leaders are not afraid to confront and correct evil. However, leaders who are insecure and seek the approval of others fear confrontation because they do not want to rock the boat. Like the Ostrich they bury their head in the sand hoping that with time the problem will go away. Wise leaders know that the problem that will be resolved is the problem the leader is not afraid to confront.
Prayer: Father, give me the courage to lead.
Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 6:5-14
The Leader Who Will Succeed Must Have Discernment
Sanballat and Tobiah tried in many ways to distract Nehemiah from re-building the walls of Jerusalem. One time they hired Shemaiah who said to Nehemiah, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple; for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.” But the Bible reveals Nehemiah’s thoughts; “And lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me; for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.”
The lesson here is this; the leader who will succeed must have discernment. Discernment is simply the ability to judge well. And this ability goes beyond the use of the five senses. A leader who relies only on his five senses to make judgements will soon get into trouble. Nehemiah needed more than his five senses to recognise the trap set by Tobiah and Sanballat.
Prayer: Father, give me discernment.
Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 5:14-19
Good Leaders Do Not Burden Those They Lead
The Bible says concerning Nehemiah, “Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.” Nehemiah did not eat the bread of the governor because he did not wish to further burden the people. His desire was to serve and not to be served. He continued to build the wall and he did not buy any land.
The lesson here is this; good leaders do not burden those they lead. This is because their desire is to add value to those they lead. Good leaders are givers, constantly seeking to give their time, and resources for the advancement of others. Good leaders are always a blessing and never a burden.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a giver and to seek ways to add value to others.
Scripture Passage: Esther 3:1-6
The Promotion of a Foolish Leader is Usually His Destruction
The Bible says concerning Haman, “After these things did King Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.” Promotion is a good thing. However, Haman’s promotion led to an ambition to annihilate the Jews. This ultimately led to Haman’s destruction.
The lesson here is this; the promotion of a foolish leader is usually his destruction. Whenever a fool is promoted, his destruction is in view. This is because fools cannot handle any form of advancement without revealing their foolishness and subsequently creating problems for themselves. Their promotion usually brings about their destruction. In my opinion, the higher one goes in life, the humbler they ought to become. The reason being that foolishness and pride go together whereas wisdom can only be obtained by the humble.
Prayer: Father, help me to be humble that foolishness and destruction may be far from me.