1 Kings begins with David, the man after Gods own heart, and ends with Ahab, the worst king ever to rule over Israel. Israel begins as a powerful nation and ends as a divided nation and with many evil kings ruling over both kingdoms especially over Israel.The condition of Gods people depends greatly on the spirituality or the lack of it in their leaders. Whenever Israel had a godly leader, they moved forward in godly ways. When they had a carnal leader, they moved away from God into carnality.The great need among Gods people has always been for godly leaders. Jesus looked out at the multitudes in His day and saw them as sheep without a shepherd. He told His disciples to pray that God would thrust forth shepherds into the midst of His people (Matt.9:36-38).When God looks at the churches across the world today, He sees the same need for godly leaders. The challenge that comes to us then is to satisfy the heart of God in our generation by being the type of men and women He is looking for.In every generation God needs godly leaders. We cannot depend on the wisdom of the leaders of previous generations. David could not rule over Israel forever. He would die, and someone else would have to take over. What would become of Israel depended on the type of person that the next king would be.God raises up a godly man to start a work in one generation. He becomes old and dies. Will the leaders in the next generation have only the founders knowledge and his doctrines but not his godliness and his knowledge of God? Then the people will certainly go astray.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
I would place the emphasis on the fact that God needs "Godly followers" rather than Godly "leaders". Godly followers of Him!!The emphasis should be on Christ who is our Leader. God needs godly followers, even men who see themselves as "leaders" need to be followers. Each one of us are "leaders" with a small "l". If you have the LEADER living in you then you shall lead by serving, just as He did and still does. There is no special class of "leaders" when you grasp the Headship and Servanthood of Christ. Both seemingly incongruent with one another but in Christ, being the Leader and Serving, are inseparable and is the way of Christ. Mar_10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. This is not OT times anymore. The people will not go astray because THE LEADER - JESUS CHRIST lives on from generation to generation. We shall all have the knowledge of God because we have the Holy Spirit.Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jer 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: Jer 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from meI'm sorry, but I have to disagree strongly with this article. It's premise is skewed and focused on men instead of Christ.