I Kings 4:1-19

As Solomon settles into his reign over the people of Israel we are shown another example of his great wisdom, this time in the area of administration.  We read of 12 individuals who were in charge of 12 districts in the land.  Now it is cool to be a ruler over a certain district, but this also meant that you were responsible for providing everything the royal household needed for one month of the year.   And the royal household need a lot (as we will see next week)!  You had to be good at your job, making sure everything that needed to  happen would, indeed, happen.

Everyone dreams of  being the boss, but not everyone is cut out to be a boss or a governor.  Martin Luther is reported to have said that he would rather be governed by a competent Turk, than by an incompetent Christian.  Romans 12:3 tells us:

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Having a good and accurate understanding of how God has made us and the kind of things God has enabled us to do is actually pretty important in life.   Certainly we do not want to think too highly of ourselves, but thinking too lowly of ourselves is also a problem.  If God has built us for a certain work in the Church, and we say, “oh, I could never do that”, we are failing to embrace all that God is doing in our lives.

Has God enabled you to lead?  Then lead well.  May we all enter into what God has called us to do!

Pastor Bob