Making Wise Decisions As A Christian Leader
A typical executive makes multiple decisions every week that can have a material impact on the performance of their business. Good decision making is a skill that should be taken very seriously. However, we seldom take time to think about how well we’re doing in this area. It’s just one of those things we do automatically. It’s similar to other executive skills that are executed every day such as communication. We may realize its importance but we rarely take the time to evaluate how well we’re doing it or even how we’re doing it.
One of our newest Air Force fighter jets is the F-22 Raptor. At a cost of $390 million per aircraft, it comes equipped with the most sophisticated technology and navigation system available. Despite this, it is interesting to know that it also contains a wet compass with a directional indicator floating in the water. Wet compasses have been around for decades and on the Raptor serve as a back-up if, God forbid, the electronics go out, providing a reliable instrument to navigate the aircraft no matter what. When it comes to seeking God’s will in our decisions there is a parallel truth. Instead of relying on all of the systems, philosophies, processes or human wisdom related to making important life decisions rely instead on the word of God and prayer to seek God’s voice and direction in the decisions we make.
God has made some important promises to us regarding this topic in His word.
First, James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Second, Proverbs 3: 5-6 says “In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”.
These verses indicate two things. First, God has promised to give us wisdom if we ask Him for it. Second, if we will submit to Him he will make our paths straight. That means he will clarify our path ahead. Living our lives with these truths will always be more reliable and accurate than anything else you can do or any source that exists. Seeking God’s wisdom and submitting to him are the keys to ensuring our decisions are in alignment with God and His will for our lives.
So what are the things that can get in the way of seeking wisdom?
Pride: Thinking that we know best and that we have the intellect and ability to decide what is best. Psalm 10:4 says: “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in his thought there is no room for God”.
Worldly distractions: In such a fast-paced world filled with lots of noise, distractions vying for your attention including 24-hour news cycles, facebook, twitter, emails, texts etc… it is easy to put seeking God’s face, wisdom and discernment toward the back of the line. Can you identify with any of these areas that keep you from seeking wisdom?
What else can get in your way of seeking God’s wisdom in key decisions?
What changes or commitments can you make to be more consistent in seeking God’s wisdom?
Think of a recent difficult decision your organization made. How did you get to a decision?
How does your organization make key decisions?