They told Joshua, “The LORD has handed over the entire land to us. Everyone who lives in the land is also panicking because of us.” – Joshua 2:24
Before Joshua and the Israelites attacked Jericho, he sent two spies to check it out. The spies returned with a positive report, basically assuring and encouraging victory. It is normal for a leader (or anyone else) to research and seek information before taking significant action. It is also widely accepted as a good practice. Good information usually leads to good decisions and with all the information in hand you lessen the possibility of making a catastrophic mistake. Yet, what does a person do when good research and information are not available? You might be able to wait … or should wait, but what if waiting is not an option?
In moments like these, some people possess something that others don’t. The person who follows Christ possesses the Holy Spirit and wisdom from above. Right decisions are not always easily made, but when the decision one faces is apparently amoral the Christ-follower is able to trust his own heart, a vessel that just happens to be inhabited by God Himself.
If you belong to Christ, then gather all the information you can (don’t neglect God’s Word or God’s people), then listen to God’s voice inside your heart, put your trust in Him, … and act.
It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. – Jim Rohn
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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