And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel. — Deuteronomy 17:18-20
When we want to learn something or want something to put into practice, we research and then we read. We even highlight the words or phrases that strike our understanding the most, something that we can immediately put into actual use. Reading then in a sense is a key to being effective in something. So that means it matters what we read. We read the best and most effective instruction to follow, something that will lead us to success.
In Deuteronomy 17, the king is instructed to write a copy of the book of the law. He then will read it every day to learn them, keep them in his heart, and apply them in his life as a king. The benefits on doing this is that it will prevent him from being proud, prevent him from sinning, and to ensure his reign for many generations. We see here that reading is a vital instrument to a king’s success as a ruler of a nation, and being a king is a big responsibility.
As an aspiring leader, we should be able to practice reading the right books. And the best I can recommend is the Bible because it applies directly to our lives. There are other supplement books we can read but those books also point to the scriptures as their primary resource of wisdom.
Let’s read the Bible every day, learn from it, keep it in our hearts, and apply it in our lives as leaders. Let’s apply it as a father to our families, as student leaders or teachers in our schools, as managers in our respective companies, as coaches for our teams, and as leaders in our local churches. Let’s do it so that we become humble, blameless, and enduring.