“The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue. The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: ‘The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.’ —II Samuel 23:2-4

The sky is clear and blue this morning with the sun shining brightly. I do not see any clouds in the sky. The spring grass is a dark green with dew upon it. It is a beautiful morning, a peaceful morning— a morning that brings joy and an “aaahhhhh.” It is a pleasant morning.

So it is when a person in leadership leads from a proper perspective of Who God is and an understanding of themselves. For a leader to lead in such a way that he desires to please God above all else is like the type of morning describe above. That type of morning brings peace and joy and so will the leader who has a proper perspective on himself and God. Proverbs 29:2 clearly defines this for us— “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Look at leadership from the highest offices in the land to the lowest levels of leadership in the land and you will know whether one is serving to please God or to please self. Then we have to ask ourselves as well— “Am I living to please God or to please self. Am I like the morning describe above or a description that does not bring such a pleasant response?”

Dear Father, please help me to live in such a way that I bring peace and joy to others and not turmoil and sadness. May it be so in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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