Today’s reading is drawn from Deuteronomy 5:32-33.
Many people desire a quick fix for their character problems. They want some sort of magic wand they can wave over their problems, and—presto!—the problems will be gone. While a person may be able to acquire quick, easy techniques that provide short-term solutions, those don’t help build character that lasts. Ultimately, lasting character is forged on the anvil of experience, self-discipline and dedication. If a person lacks integrity and character, the challenges of life will melt down and undermine any short-term successes.
How can a leader gain wisdom that leads to character development? It won’t be acquired by an unguided groping in darkness. A leader’s search for wisdom must be directed. Its starting point is God’s revelation in the Scripture, and it involves specific injunctions and practical commandments.
Character isn’t shaped by the intellectual comprehension of truth. It’s forged by Biblical truth that penetrates to the depth of the human heart. That only occurs as a man or woman grapples with God’s Word and contemplates its meaning and application. Ultimately, the goal of such a diligent study of God’s revelation is the “fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 2:5). A wise leader has a reverential awe of God, holding him in high regard. And that high view of God shapes character, which in turn controls thoughts and actions.
Why does it take time to develop character? How will godly character be revealed in a leader’s life? How will ungodly character be expressed? As you consider where you are in the process of character development, honestly assess your progress on a scale of one (beginner) to ten (flawless). Since you’re probably neither a one nor a ten, thank God for building character in your life and then ask him to help you to continue to grow in this area.