When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.Proverbs 29:2-3
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.Proverbs 29:12
This week’s posts will cover Proverbs 29:1-3, and 12-20. The theme of these verses is the nature of discipline. When we think about discipline we do not usually think about freedom, blessing, and the like. Discipline is not necessarily a popular thing in our culture, and yet the writer of Proverbs makes it clear that discipline is embraced by the wise and it brings about things in our lives that we need.
In today’s verses we see a pattern of leadership and discipline. In verse 2 and 3 we see the positive effects of disciplined leaders, and we see the negative effects of leadership that is not disciplined.
Verse 2 states that when the righteous, those who are disciplined, are in authority, the people rejoice. Leaders who lead righteously bring about outcomes that their followers desire. Verse 3 states that when a father leads his son in such a way that the son embraces discipline and loves wisdom, it makes the father happy, and their relationship is good.
These verses also speak to a lack of discipline. In verse 2 it says that when the wicked are in authority, it brings about horrible outcomes for their followers. In verse 3 you see that when the child does not embrace wisdom, it costs both father and son.
Verse 12 displays more of the effects of undisciplined, unrighteous leading. When a leader embraces lies, and lacks the discipline to see out the truth, it produces undisciplined followers and undisciplined environments.
In these three verses you have thriving and you have suffering. The leaders who lead rightly find a pattern of blessing, while the leaders who lead in an undisciplined way suffer along with their people.
In these two verses we see leadership in the home and in the society at large. The common denominator is discipline. There is both a leadership that is disciplined and righteous, and a leadership without discipline.
What kind of leadership are you providing in your home, in the marketplace, in the community, and in your church? Are you a disciplined person?
Leaders set the tone. They set the example.
What is an area of your personal life that you can grow in discipline?
What is an area of your leadership that needs more discipline?