scientia potestas est

“Knowledge is Power.” Though this famous quote is attributed to the works of Francis Bacon in 1597, the concept has been known and understood for thousands of years. The creators or discoverers of the knowledge of fire; the knowledge of navigation; the knowledge of agriculture…were provided tremendous benefits. And of course it is no different today with advanced knowledge in medicine; communications; robotics; energy etc all giving advantages to their users.

Knowledge in business provides a real advantage over competitors; it creates a wellspring of creativity; it empowers through confidence; and it is a platform for innovation. New knowledge has changed the way many businesses operate, how they manufacture; how they transport; how they market; and how they communicate. It seems that knowledge is king….Or is it?

In the 3rd chapter of 1 Kings in the Old Testament, we are given some insight into a very well known historical figure, King Solomon. His famous father – King David had recently died, and now the young Solomon probably in his 20’s, has been given the responsibility of ruling the kingdom of Israel.

One night the Lord God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have made Your servant King in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child….So give me an understanding mind to govern, that I may discern between good and evil.”

God gifted Solomon with supernatural wisdom, and because of the sincere nature of his request, God also granted him riches and honour above all the kings of the earth.

Some of the insights I get from this very interesting account are:

1. Solomon understood his situation and position – he recognised that he did not currently have the qualifications, the skills, the experience, or the maturity to be a great king. • What are your limitations, your weaknesses and blind spots?

2. Solomon could have asked for anything, long life, power, riches, but instead of thinking about his own personal desires, he put the people of Israel first and asked for something that would benefit everyone. • What do your customers or clients really need from you as the business leader?

3. Solomon knew that knowledge was crucial, but that it was more important to know how to use that knowledge with wise decision-making. • What influences you when you need to make important decisions?

The Kingdom Principals to apply to your business are: • Humility – if you think you know it all, you have already lost; • Selflessness – by putting others first you will end up with greater blessing; and • Wisdom – Godly wisdom will help you discern between good and bad decisions.

Tony Elshof
Tony Elshof
I’m a Wollongong boy, and absolutely love the coastal life. I’m married to Michelle, and we have two beautiful children, Joshua and Ariel. I believe the meaning of life can be summed up in 10 words, “Find God, discover His purpose for your life, follow it!”
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