Scripture and the Godly Leader
1 My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding; 4 if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures--5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, 8 guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 prudence will watch over you; and understanding will guard you. (Proverbs 2:1-11)
In this passage, the author wants to pass on to the student his passion for pursuing wisdom and understanding. He urges the reader to know that God will honor an honest pursuit of wisdom through the reading of Scripture and that there are clear blessings in store for the one who seeks after the things of God.
As a group:
1. Read Proverbs 2:1-11 together.
2. Rereading verses 1-4, identify the energetic actions that the author describes.
3. How does Scripture shape the character of a leader?
Reflect individually or in small groups:
1. Give an example of how you have recently grown in godly wisdom and understanding.
2. When is the best time and what is the best environment for you to study the Bible?
3. What one change can you make so you are able to pursue God with the passion and energy described in verses 1-4?
Pray together, as a whole consistory. Sample prayer:
God in heaven, you created us in your image. You want your character to be manifested in us so that you might use us for your glory. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we ask you to give us the grace we need to actively pursue true wisdom and understanding. Amen.