Can’t Do Everything

King Solomon was king over all Israel, and these were his high officials: Azariah the son of Zadok was the priest; Elihoreph and Ahijah the sons of Shisha were secretaries; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was in command of the army; Zadok and Abiathar were priests; Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan was priest and king’s friend; Ahishar was in charge of the palace; and Adoniram the son of Abda was in charge of the forced labor… And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore.” 1 Kings 4:1-6,29

Solomon had an immense charge over a burgeoning nation, and in his God-given wisdom, knew he could not do everything. It takes a good measure of spiritual wisdom, laced with humility, to recognize we are not capable of doing all that is needed for a large task, and even more practical wisdom to be able to place around us those who can complement our abilities, exercise proficiency in areas where we lack, and come alongside to give needed counsel and refinement. It was Solomon himself who wrote, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety; Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed; By wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory; Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 24:6; 27:17)

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When the Lord calls us to be a leader, He invites us to trust Him to provide for those in our ‘cabinet.’ We must be willing to think of ourselves not too highly, but accurately and soberly, then seek holy insight for those with differing gifts that can be forged together to make for a formidable team. If we are honest, we will admit need for friendship in the workplace, a confidante or two who can listen and speak truth to us when we lose our spiritual grounding, when we make mistakes, to discuss strategy and hurts and personal challenges. When we listen, plan, and manage well, we also recognize the need for vision-casting, training, keeping the team in line with unified mission. Solomon was known for the happiness of those who served beside him, because they spent time with him, they gleaned understanding and expertise as he shared with them wisdom and care, and they thrived in their ‘sweet spots.’ (Romans 12:3-8)

What assignments has the Lord given me? Do I shrink from taking a responsibility because it is too hard, without looking to see how He would have me tackle the job and who He might bring alongside to help? Do I dive in with gusto and burn out because I am trying to do everything, or to control my co-laborers through micro-management? When I take on what is not mine to do, I deny others from learning and growing in their gifts, and I rob God of His glory by taking all the credit.

Father, teach me humility and discernment in all You call me to do. May I ever be malleable and wise, leading with confidence, yet fully dependent on Your supply, so You receive the glory.

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