Why should I bother to learn about the kings of Israel? Isn't this
just history? And isn't history boring and irrelevant to modern life?
The accounts of the kings, in the Bible's books of Samuel, Kings, and
Chronicles, reveal God's expectations for leaders. What does God love
in a leader? What does He hate in a leader? The stories of the kings
give us the answers.
But why should I care what God wants from leaders? I want to
know what God wants from ordinary people, not leaders.
But you are a leader! No matter who you are, you have a sphere of
influence! And God cares how you use that influence!
You have neighbors, relatives, friends at work or school. This is
your sphere of influence.
If you are a parent, you have a tremendous sphere of influence.
You have more influence over your own children than anyone else,
even the president of the United States!
Even if you are a child, you are a leader. Have you ever said,
Mom, will you make the little kids stop following me around?
You are a leader!