[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-01-13 - Take Me To Your Leader

A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power. For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 24:5,6

Have you ever met someone who is wise? Wisdom is interesting, we know it when we see it, but we so rarely see it. Godliness is like this also, someone who is godly has a aria about them that is obvious, like a halo. This is rare, I think I have thought I was in the presence of a godly man only once, but I knew it when I was there. He seemed to have a faith I knew nothing of. In continuation of looking at Proverbs 24 lets ask:

Who is a wise leader? Who should we look too? Lets give it the obvious choice, how about Christ? Christ appeared to surround himself with those who one might suggest were not as good as the Son of God deserved, but it seems He knew what He was doing. Most of these gave their lives for Him and His cause, our cause.

Knowledge increases strength. When a wise man is placed in power, he conducts himself in such a way as to avoid conflict. The safety of himself and his state is at stake in his dealings. In our nation we know that we have power above any other nation, this is a privilege, not a right. Philippians 2: 1-16, shows this power and privilege to be one that even Christ forsook. Power, it seems, is not all that Christ was living for. There seems to have been something greater.

Outward wisdom will build and establish to some extent. But that which will "wear" well are those things that are honestly established, Hab. 2:9, 10. Wisdom will govern and it will defend. Wisdom is useful in managing public fights and in securing public peace. For the Christian, the enemy is subtle, wisdom is needed simply to survive. May the Lord grant us such a wisdom as to live wise in this wicked and evil age.

(On Power) "A cock has great influence on his own dunghill." Publilius Syrus

"When God is our strength, it is strength indeed; when our strength is our own, it is only weakness." Augustine

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim