Proverbs 29:12-15 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes. The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever. The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
John Maxwell, in his book; “Developing the Leaders Around You” said, “Grow a leader – grow the organization.” In other words, as the leader goes, so goes the organization.
Where would John Maxwell, a Christian author, get such an idea? I believe he probably got it from the Bible. That is exactly what verse twelve says. If the ruler is wicked, those around him who follow his lead are likely to be wicked as well.
Why is that you may wonder. It may occur for a number of reasons. First off, a leader is going to bring on board those who he feels will support his decisions. If his decisions are going to be shady, he will need people of a shady character around him to get his ideas into play. Then again, often it is because the people around him have been trained to be like him. The ways of doing things are taught through the day-to-day operations. Many of them may not know any other way of doing things. Corrupt practices could just be all they have ever known. They too will then often treat others in a deceitful manner just because this is how they have learned to do things. Those who will not follow their unruly schemes are often looked down on.
Often, we find that nothing will change in the lives of these people until real troubles come their way. Let them come down with a life-threatening disease. Money and position cannot buy health. It may afford different treatment, but life itself is given by God. In our text, it says; “The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.” God gives life to both the poor and affluent. Life and death situations will always seem to level the playing field.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
When facing God someday, I want to be on the side that had compassion on humanity, like the king who faithfully judged the poor. How will we get compassionate leaders? We raise them to be that way. Godly parents setting Godly examples.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
1 Corinthians 11 – 14 / Proverbs 29:12-15
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Daniel 1-2 / 2 Peter 2
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