May 9, 2021
Daily Reading: I Chronicles 25-27
I Chronicles 27:28 And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains was Baal-hanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:
Let's talk about management. If God is for anything, He is for things being decent and in order. There is even a verse in His Word dedicated to that -- I Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order. Keeping things decent and in order takes management. Management and managers are oftentimes the first-place organizations look to cut when there is a crisis of cash coming. No doubt, some managers need to find another line of work; but management in general is vital to the success of any organization whether it be a church, a nation, a corporation, or a family. Yes, God puts a premium on management.
Volumes could be written about management, sadly there is too little about the subject being written from the standpoint of God's Word. In the Bible, there are illustrations of both great management of people and situations, and poor management of the same. As you read the three chapters for today, you will notice a lot of names, jobs, locations, and other poignant details. One overriding thought is that everything is incredibly detailed, hence the name Chronicles.
Consider one insight. These individuals were given one job, one responsibility. Consider today's verse; Baal-hanan was over the olive trees and the sycomore trees, only those in the low plains. Joash was over the cellars of oil. Baal-hanan was not to concern himself with the cellars of oil. Neither was Joash to oversee the olive trees and sycomore trees of the low plains. Each had one main task. Throughout these chapters, this will be seen over and over and over again. Over them were managers, and over them were managers, and so on until it came to the king. King David could fulfill his role as king while keeping the sheep in Sharon. Even though the job of shepherd may have appealed to him from time to time by comparison, that was not God's purpose for David, he was the king.
Managers be careful of giving too many responsibilities to any one person. A great manager told me once that the key was to give every person one job. From there, after time, things may be added, or subtracted based upon their management over self. We would do well to follow that which these three chapters teach. Most people want to do a good job. Some can handle one task and do it well. Others can excel at one task while adding another. A good manager can always see the difference. Which is better, doing one thing great, or doing several things half-way? Perhaps this is where the old saying came from: "Jack of all trades, master of none."
Let's close it there. managers, learn all you can from the Scriptures. The Bible is the best self-help book ever written, the best business training manual ever compiled, and the best book on investing, motivation, encouragement, and employee/employer relationships. It is, to this writer, the corporate handbook for believers worldwide.
Until tomorrow, be a great manager today, even if you only manage yourself.