Session 20

Are you making these leadership mistakes?

From 2 Chronicles: A 28-Day Devotional

Imagine sitting in a college classroom on the first day of class. The professor is reviewing the syllabus, explaining what is expected to pass.

Now imagine a classmate beside you says you don’t really have to do all that stuff to get out of the class just fine. While there is a small chance your classmate would be right, the more likely scenario is that the professor knows best since he is teaching the class and deciding who passes or fails.

It may seem obvious that we should listen to people more knowledgeable than our peers, whether that’s a professor, a mentor, a parent or older friend. But like Rehoboam, we often neglect the wisdom of our elders and follow the influence of peers. We trade experience for what sounds good in the moment.

In 2 Chronicles 10, Rehoboam made two key mistakes as a young leader. He didn’t give extra consideration to experts on the situation, and he didn’t seek God’s wisdom on how to discern the better option. Instead, Rehoboam followed his own desire and the words of people just like him. Because of that, the people in his kingdom revolted and his kingdom was destroyed.

We may not be leading kingdoms, but we all have opportunities to lead. Every area of influence we have  — whether friendships, jobs, marriages, or families — was given to us by God. And like Rehoboam, we will all face moments where we don’t know what to do.

When in doubt about how to lead or what to do, remember not all advice is created equal. If we’ll seek the input of older believers, consider what the Bible teaches, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, we’ll always find true wisdom.

Reflect:

  • The best way to honor the influence God has given us is to use it for His glory. What is one area of influence God has given you?
  • Can you remember a time when you listened to someone older than you and it worked out well?
  • Who are some people in your life that you go to when you have to make a hard decision?


 

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

The decision that makes all the difference

Ever feel like the things you do don’t matter? As Christians, we are called to make a difference and change the world around us. But how?...

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Session 2

Is humility worth it?

Many of us know the tale of the tortoise and the hare. The hare, sure of his win, takes a break from the race to rest. He wakes up to fin...

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Session 3

You be the judge

Your team is three points behind at the bottom of the fourth quarter against its bitterest rival. It’s fourth and goal, and your quarterb...

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Session 4

What happens when you take the little things for granted

You’re watching your favorite show when everything goes dark. You wonder, How long will the power be out? How will I make dinner? Will I ...

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Session 5

Why your motivation matters

Have you asked yourself, “Why do I go to church?” Maybe all our friends are doing it, or that cute boy or girl is there. Perhaps, there a...

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Session 6

How the pressure to fit in affects your connection with God

As soon as Hezekiah became King in Jerusalem, he made sure the doors of God’s house were reopened for worship. 2 Chronicles 29:11 says Go...

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Session 7

It’s your heart that matters most

Sometimes in our desperate ache to please God, we are like a young child seeking his teacher’s favor, but breaking the procedures of the ...

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Session 8

Where does generosity come from?

Imagine how it would feel to experience forgiveness from someone you are certain will never forgive you. The friend you gossiped about. T...

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Session 9

Where to find the strength you need today

Some days feel like an uphill battle. The job is stressful, the bills accumulate, the medical condition worsens, children venture down th...

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Session 10

It’s never too late to make a change

Have you ever made the same mistake over and over again? Maybe it was a relationship you couldn’t seem to let go of. Or one financial dis...

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Session 11

Learning to do what’s right even when it’s not popular

If everyone else jumps off a bridge would you jump, too? All of us have probably asked or been asked that question before. The heart of t...

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Session 12

How will your story end?

How often have you witnessed a toddler being warned not to touch something? He understands his parent’s instructions. But, too curious or...

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Session 13

Are you looking for success in all the wrong places?

We all have wants and desires. Maybe you’re searching for more money, more authority at work, less stress, or a better relationship. We p...

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Session 14

Need a little help from your friends?

One of the hardest things to do is ask for help. For some, asking for help is a pride issue. For others, asking for help feels like admit...

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Session 15

You are worshipping when you serve

In 2 Chronicles 3 and 2 Chronicles 4, the construction gets underway on God’s temple. No one could build God a worthy home, but Solomon w...

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Session 16

You always have a reason to sing

Have you ever wondered why church gatherings start with singing to God? It’s not just about the cool music and talented voices. Worship o...

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Session 17

Is this what’s missing from your prayers?

There are universal signs of submission everyone can recognize, such as waving the white flag. When a person or group submits, they are a...

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Session 18

How we change the world

We love America, but if we’re being honest, there are things about our country we wish would change. The news is filled with stories of h...

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Session 19

What if I like my sin?

If you’ve ever built a house, you know nothing in a house is done by accident. Every beam has a purpose, and every finish — from counters...

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Session 20

Are you making these leadership mistakes?

Imagine sitting in a college classroom on the first day of class. The professor is reviewing the syllabus, explaining what is expected to...

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Session 21

How to stop relying on yourself and let Jesus in

"Yes Jesus, I do love you. But my job? You don’t understand. I’ve got it." "Jesus, I love you. But I really like this girl, too. I can’t...

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Session 22

How to know who to listen to

In the 1970s, the average person was exposed to around 500 ads a day. Today, we’re exposed to more like 5,000 ads a day (via CBS News).  ...

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Session 23

I surrender (almost) all

Actions speak louder than words and Asa, Judah’s king, put action to his faith. 2 Chronicles 14:2-4 says, “Asa did what was good and righ...

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Session 24

What happens when you ignore God’s advice

Did you ever give good advice to people who ignored it and made a disastrous choice? It can leave you wondering why they even bothered to...

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Session 25

Good advice for every leader

In 2 Chronicles 19:5-10, Jehosaphat delegated some of the responsibilities for ruling and judging the people, and he warned his appointee...

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Session 26

Let God fight for you

We all face battles — a rebellious teen, joblessness, sexual sin. Everyone’s battle looks different, but the one thing we share is a God ...

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Session 27

How will you be remembered?

Most of us, unless we’re famous, do not anticipate widespread coverage of our deaths. But, what if unexpectedly, your death drew national...

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Session 28

Will you take a stand?

Have you ever felt you should speak up or take a stand, but lacked the courage to do it? Maybe, your coworker was blaming someone else fo...

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