Go Ye Therefore

The Law of the Inner Circle Part 9

 Rehoboam-2 Chronicles 10:6-8

Be careful what kind of inner circle you choose! King Rehoboam had the benefit of his father’s inner circle, men who gave him wise counsel. But the foolish young king rejected their advice and instead looked for advice that agreed with his own opinion. Horrible move! He should have gone with a core team who possessed the qualities of a solid inner circle:

  1. Experience: People who have been down the road of life and understand it.
  2. Heart for God: People who place God first and uphold His values.
  3. Objectivity: People who see the pros and cons of the issues.
  4. Love for people: People who love others and value them more than things.
  5. Complementary gifts: People who bring diverse gifts to the relationship.
  6. Loyalty to the leader: People who truly love and are concerned for the leader.

Where You Get Counsel-Psalm 1:1-3

The brilliant first psalm contrasts the righteous and the wicked. Leaders, take note, for the difference between the two seems to be where they get their counsel! Observe how a foolish leader can be led astray by a corrupt inner circle:

  1. The leader begins to browse for the wrong counsel (v. 1).
  2. The leader begins to listen to the wrong voices (v. 1.).
  3. The leader joins the wrong inner circle (v. 1).

Psalm 1:2 tells us that a wise leader meditates on God’s Word day and night. To meditate means to examine, to experience, and to evaluate. Note the results of receiving counsel from the right inner circle:

  1. Stability (v. 3).
  2. Inward nourishment and refreshment (v. 3).
  3. Fruitfulness and productivity (v. 3).
  4. Strength and durability (v. 3).
  5. Success (v. 3).

Join me next time for The Law of the Inner Circle Part 10