The last couple of days, I’ve encountered some very important leadership lessons from a couple of guys in the Bible named “Asa” and “Jehoshaphat”… After reading their stories, I only wish leaders in our nation would learn from their example! (2 Chronicles 14 – 20 in your Bible – Believe me, these chapters are worth reading! Here’s just a taste of what those chapters tell us…)
“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God… And he commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandments… The kingdom had rest under him… He had no war in those years for the Lord gave him peace… Asa said, ‘We have sought the Lord our God and he has given us peace on every side.’ Zerah, the Ethiopian came out against them… And Asa cried to the Lord his God, ‘O Lord there is none like you to help between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you! O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you!’ So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.”
“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier way of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand… His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord… He sent his officials and with them the Levites to teach the book of the Law of the Lord. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people… And Jehoshaphat grew steadily greater… Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, ‘a great multitude is coming against you”… Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast… And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord… And Jehoshaphat said, ‘O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you! … Oh our God, we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you!’ And the enemy was routed… Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies…. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.”
Tragically, however, both leaders toward the end of their reigns, fell prey to self-sufficiency, pride and arrogance, did evil and did not seek the Lord! (read 2 Chronicles 16:7-12 and 20:35-37)!