We all are leaders in some way in our lives. We may lead our home, business, employees, or even just “lead” ourselves. The proverbs have a lot to say about leading with wisdom.
In this chapter, the emphasis is towards being wise in the presence of a king. The king has been given power, and so we need to live godly lives so that we earn favor and have a better life (vv.12-15).
Verse 12 talks about ruling with justice – and that is a good spot to reflect on leading with justice. Injustice is all around us. With our kids – do we play favorites? In our work decisions, are we fair with how we evaluate others? Even how we judge ourselves is usually unfair – we are either too easy or too hard on ourselves (the goal is to see yourself the way God sees you). Injustice goes even further – there are huge inequities in the world – rich and poor, powerful and weak. God has given us leadership and power to make a difference – to work for justice. This can be on the big scale of things, but more often it is simple acts of love that go the furthest.
You and I are leaders. As you follow Christ, how will you lead today?