Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:11 AM

Knowing When To Listen

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:11 AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:11 AM

Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! . . .Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight?” – 2 Samuel 12: 7,9

As leaders we can so easily become adept at rejecting wise counsel if we don’t like what we hear; especially when what we’re being told is counter to what we have made up our mind to do. May I share something with you? And you can mark this one down. 

As a leader, the moment you reject God’s truth will be the moment your life and career will begin to crumble. Falls from grace all begin the same and end predictably the same.

Every fall, from Eve until time is no more, will begin with rejection of God’s truth.

If you have been a candidate in an election or currently occupy the corner office, you’ve learned  to not so easily trust what people tell you. But don’t be so quick to reject or dismiss outright people’s advice especially when you know they’re in your corner. 

In the children’s fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the emperor’s closest staff let him walk down the street butt naked rather than risk his wrath by telling him the truth. Don’t show your behind and don’t create such an intimidating environment whereby those who would tell you the truth, won’t.

Be smart and weigh what people tell you against truth. Simple truth will always outweigh the grandest lie.

Sometimes we may think a friend or colleague is giving their personal opinion on a matter and we are wise to think so given our positions. However, if when weighed against God’s truth, though a bitter pill to swallow, you find what they are saying is true - count it a blessing and take heed because it’s not their advice, but God’s message to warn you or save you from catastrophe.

Why? Because God our Father loves you and me! He speaks truth through His people but so does the devil speak lies through his. That's why it is important as leaders of others to read God's word and know truth. We have too much responsibility and have way too much on the line not to. Once we KNOW truth, as Judge Judy would say, no one can pee on our forehead and tell us it's raining!

A lie is like paper. Truth is like fire, and we know what happens when fire is set to paper.

Know when to listen and never be too proud to take heed because it is far better to be stung by truth than stroked by a lie. Once Nathan brought to David's attention the horror of his sin, David quickly repented. Nathan wasn't at all impressed with or intimidated by David's position as king. Every leader needs a Nathan. Do you have one?

It is far better to be stung by truth than stroked by a lie.

Has someone you know and trust told you something of late you didn't want to hear?

Have you avoided them because you knew down deep what they told you was true?

What are you going to do about it? It is far better to admit it and quit it than to keep lying and denying. There is never a good outcome with the latter. 


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