Do you learn from curriculum God builds into your past activities? (162-5)
Good leaders build organizations that learn from the past so they don’t make the same mistakes in the present or future. Read Jeremiah 26:1-19.
God sent Jeremiah to prophecy in the temple so the priests, prophets and all the people who came to worship could hear His judgment against the temple, Jerusalem and Judah. The prophecy was that if the leaders and people did not change their evil ways, God would make the city an object of cursing among all the nations.
The religious leaders and the people in the temple could not believe their ears! After all, this was Jerusalem, God’s selected city and the temple of God built by Solomon as instructed by God. They felt Jeremiah could not be speaking words from God as surely God would protect His city and temple no matter their behavior. They were prepared to kill Jeremiah. At that moment some of the elders stepped forward and reminded everyone of a similar prophecy by the prophet Micah during the reign of King Hezekiah. They helped the people learn from the successes and failures of the past when King Hezekiah did not kill Micah but rather responded by repenting and the nation was spared.
For a leader and an organization to show continuous improvement requires continuous learning. God gives leaders more wisdom as they respond to the wisdom they have already received. For the learning leader God’s word is a progressive revelation in which clearer and fuller insights concerning the person and work of God are communicated in a gradual and dynamic way. God doesn’t convey a new point to a leader until they have the capacity to receive it; God chooses the right time to communicate the next lesson. No leader can afford to ignore the curriculum that God builds into their past and current activities.
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