Working hard is good. 

Being thorough is wise.

Carrying out tasks in a conscientious manner is praiseworthy. 

These are the marks of a diligent leader. And being diligent is excellent. 

But sadly, an arrogant or incompetent leader is often forced learn this upside down business idea: Sometimes, it’s too late to be diligent. 

That may seem like a needlessly fearful and ominous prediction, but in a verse where Wisdom is speaking, the wisest king wrote, “Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.” (Proverbs 1:28)

The king knew there was a point of no return. There will come a day when it’s too late to be diligent. A fool may try to remedy his foolishness, but it will be to no avail. 

What would put a foolish leader in this undesirable position?   

The king answered the question in the next two verses. “Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof.” (Proverbs 1:29-30)

The king lists 4 things that could put a foolish leader out of reach of hope:

1.  The hopeless leader is not a learner.  “Because they hated knowledge…”

2. The hopeless leader abandons ethical principles and Godly teachings. “…and did not choose the fear of the Lord…”

3.  The hopeless leader rejects helpful advice.  “…and would have none of my counsel.”

4. The hopeless leader is not changed by criticism. “…and despised all my reproof.”

Don’t be the leader whose arrogance and foolishness puts you beyond help.

Instead, do the opposite and be a wise leader.

Be constantly learning. Be a person of deep integrity. Listen to wise advice. Humbly respond to critical feedback.

And seek wisdom diligently — before it’s too late. 

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