Pastor Janet’s Jots
In my lifetime, I have found that common sense is not always so common, especially these days as the
general population becomes less and less knowledgeable about scriptures. Perhaps that is why I enjoy the wisdom
found in the Book of Proverbs. As people of God we are called to lead others to Christ. So how do we do
that? What makes a good leader? Since many of the proverbs came from King Solomon, the wisest man to ever
live, it is natural to expect some of his interest to be directed toward leadership. Proverbs 29 lends much insight
to what it takes to be a good leader.
Qualities of a good leader:
12:24 Works hard
17:26 Does not penalize people for honesty
18:13 Listens before answering
18:15 Are open to new ideas
18:17 Listen to both sides of the story
24:10 Stands up under pressure
27:21 Stands up under praise
What happens without good leadership?
26:8 Fools are honored
28:15 A wicked ruler is dangerous
29:2 People groan
29:12 A wicked ruler has wicked advisers
29:12—Warnings rarely come with countdowns. We can’t tell when we have had our last chance to change.
When we, like the person in this proverb, refuse to consider valid criticism, we leave ourselves open to sudden
disaster. The moment we realize that a change is necessary is the best moment to take action. What significant
adjustments have been on hold in your life for too long?
29:13—“…the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both” means that everyone depends on God for sight. Both the
oppressor and the poor have the gift of sight from the same God. God sees and judges both, and his judgment
falls on those whose greed or power drives them to oppress the poor.
29:15—Parents of young children often weary of disciplining them. They feel like all they do is nag, scold, and
punish. When you’re tempted to give up and let your children do what they want, or when you wonder if
you’ve ruined every chance for a loving relationship with them, remember that kind, firm correction helps them
learn, and learning makes them wise. Consistent, loving discipline will ultimately teach them to discipline
29:16—When the wicked are in leadership, sin prevails. In any organization – whether a church, a business, a
family, or a government – the climate comes from the top. The people become like their leaders. What kind of
climate are you setting for the people you lead?
29:18—“Divine guidance” refers to words from God received by prophets. Where there is ignorance or rejection
of God, crime and sin run rampant. Public morality depends on the knowledge of God, but it also depends
on keeping God’s laws. In order for nations and individuals to function well, people must know God’s ways
and keep his rules. Having God’s Word means little if we are not obeying it.
29:24—This proverb is saying that a thief’s accomplice may not tell the truth when under oath. Thus, by his
participation in the crime and his perjury in the courtroom, he will hurt himself. Further, a witness who refuses
to report a crime becomes an accomplice.
29:25—Fear of people can hamper everything you try to do. In extreme forms, it can make you afraid to leave
your home. By contrast, fear of God – respect, reverence, and trust – is liberating. Why fear people who can do
no eternal harm? Instead, trust God who can turn the harm intended by others into good for those who trust