Monday, June 22

Time to act

Scripture: 2 Kings 10, 2 Chronicles 22-23, 1 Timothy 5

2 Chronicles 23:1 In the seventh year of Athaliah’s reign, Jehoiada the priest decided to act. He summoned his courage and made a pact with five army commanders…


After enduring six years of Queen Athaliah’s wicked reign, the priest Jehoiada decided it was time to act.  He summoned his courage (strengthened himself) and made a bold move: he made a pact with five army commanders and together they planned a coup to overthrow Athaliah and make Joash (age 7) the king.

It was a courageous act.  If word got back to the queen, or if one of the commanders proved a traitor, then not only was Jehoiada a dead man, but his wife and the child-king, Joash, were sure to be killed as well, ending forever the Davidic dynasty.  A lot was at stake!  It was a critical moment. 


Great leadership requires these ingredients.

First, one must have the courage to take action.  There is always the risk of failure, and the consequences may be dire.  You cannot lead without courage.  There comes a moment when a leader must “summon his courage” and decide to act. 

Second, one must know when to act.  Timing is critical.  Good leaders “read the room.”  They have a sense of the cultural moment and know when it’s time to act.  Know the moment.

Third, one must act.  We must have good plans, but good plans are nothing if they don’t result in action.  There comes a time when we must summon our courage, take the risk and act.  


Prayer: Lord, I pray for our leaders: help them take courageous, timely action for good.  I pray that for me as well!