“Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household. Each man had to make provision for one month in the year” (1 Kings 4:7, ESV).
The nation of Israel was experiencing an incredible time of prosperity. God’s chosen people were in the land He had prepared for them, and they were increasing in number.
Solomon’s job as King was to run the entire country. It was his job to handle everything and everyone. But rather than trying to do it on his own, Solomon selected governors.
He entrusted each governor with enormous responsibilities, including gathering provisions for Solomon and the royal household. Because he had people in place that he could trust, Solomon could focus on his own duties.
There’s a dangerous myth about leadership that suggests effective leaders are “lone wolf” types who do everything themselves.
“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” (1 Kings 4:29)
But Solomon was wise enough to reject this belief. Instead, he built a community around himself so he could lead the people effectively.
Are there areas in your life that could benefit from community? Are there responsibilities you need to be sharing with others?
God, help me lead with wisdom. I know I can’t do it all myself, so I ask you to send me godly men and women. Make them disciples after your own heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.