Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants. ~2 Chronicles 9:12
Before he careened off course, Solomon began to fulfill God’s dream of blessing the nations through the nation of Israel. The Queen of Sheba spoke for those visitors from other nations when she said, “Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God!” (2 Chronicles 9:8)
Centuries later, the Lord Jesus Christ would tell His followers that what they had received freely, they should freely give (Matthew 10:8).
Solomon had asked for godly wisdom that he might rule in a way pleasing to God. The Lord freely gave him that wisdom, so he freely shared it with others-in his words, in his music, and in his writings.
Effective, godly leadership means giving what you have so that God may be glorified in all you do. What you have freely received, freely give-and so bless others. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” Nehemiah 2:5
Leaders who navigate do more than control the direction in which they and their people travel. They see the whole trip in their minds before they leave the dock. It seems remarkable, but Nehemiah could see both the problem and the solution even though he had never visited Jerusalem.
All great leaders have uncommon vision. A leader sees . . .
1. Farther than others see.Nehemiah was able to see the problem, and he could picture the solution in his head.
2. More than others see. Nehemiah knew that the wall could and should be rebuilt, and he knew what it would take to do it.
3. Before others see. None of Jerusalem’s neighbors wanted to see the Jews rebuild their wall, and several enemy leaders conspired against Nehemiah and the people. But Nehemiah saw the danger and planned accordingly; he refused to give in to enemy plots.
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