Wisdom is something that the Bible tells us to desire and seek earnestly. The book of Proverbs often mentions seeking wisdom, how it is better than gold and more precious than jewels (Proverbs 3:13-15). If you look at Proverbs 3, it tells us how blessed the person is who finds wisdom. It also tells us how wisdom is life for the soul and that it will make us walk on our way securely (Proverbs 3:21-27). Those are just some of its benefits; the Bible tells us a lot more about the benefits of wisdom and why we should seek it. That is how valuable wisdom is, according to the Bible.
So, you may be asking—what’s the relation between wisdom and being a leader? It’s simple. We all want to become wise leaders. That is why we need wisdom and should seek it. When it comes to being wise, most people think it is all about being smart and knowledgeable. An intelligent heart and knowledge are both parts of wisdom but it is not what it is all about. Wisdom is all about the fear of the LORD. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 1:7 also says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” It tells us that if a person wants to be a wise leader, he or she should fear the LORD.
We can see this when we look at the story of King Solomon, specifically the night when God showed up in his dream (1 Kings 3). He asked King Solomon what he wanted and told him that He would give it to him. This is a part of what King Solomon replied: “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? This is 1 Kings 3:9; we strongly advise you to read the whole chapter to know the context of it). King Solomon is faced with the overwhelming job of governing a nation, a multitude of people, so he asked God for the wisdom to do so. If you observe, Solomon asked for an understanding mind so that he could discern between good and evil. In other words, wisdom is always about doing what is right in the eyes of the LORD and turning away from evil (Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil Proverbs 3:7). No wonder that the book of Proverbs has so many verses that talk about the one who is righteous, upright, or blameless and the one who is wicked and what happens to each of them. It gives us warnings when one is walking in crookedness or evil.
All of us are called to be leaders, one way or another. There are people under you, whether large or small in number that God has placed in your care regardless of whether you are a full-time minister or not. To some, they may have also been called into a position of leadership that has bigger responsibilities, such as a church overseer or a bishop. Some may even be called into leadership positions in the secular world, such as in the government or the business sector. Regardless of where you are, you ought to lead wisely, and one can only lead wisely if he or she fears the LORD. Fear of the LORD governs how we govern as leaders. With it, we are confident that our choices are wise because we make sure that every choice is right before God.