When it comes to representing people God's way on issues and how to make the wisest and best decision:
- consider all sides of the issue from all angles;
- have no ulterior motives other than to make the right decision in the best interests of the whole;
- take your thoughts and conclusions to God in prayer seeking His mind on the matter; and,
- open the Bible and read. You will find clarity and discover things you hadn't seen or previously thought of. Brilliance is revealed through the Bible.
These steps are necessary before you open your mouth to offer an opinion and certainly to render a vote or decision.
After you have considered all sides from all angles; have no ulterior motives other than to make the right decision in the best interest of the whole; taken it to God in prayer; spent time in the Word; then, you're ready to do battle.
Know you will be attacked personally and your work and motives will be challenged publicly. That's just comfirmation that you are exactly where you should be and where God wants you to be.
Be still and be firm. Argue the point never make it personal with the opponent.
You don't need to strike back, back up or back down. Stand firm, even smile. Why? Because you have done what God requires in decision-making by first seeking Him. And the battle is now His. Do you know that when we go about our decision-making like this, that the battle becomes God's, not ours and He promises to fight for us!
As Christ followers we don't have to fight the world's way to win. We need only do it God's way. He promises to fight for us. God is not a man that He should lie nor son of a man that he should repent (Numbers 23:19). If He says it, bank on it.
"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Exodus 14:14
It's how Nehemiah was able to rebuild the wall in record time in the face of ridicule and how Esther was able to save a nation. And it is how you will win.
Get it right first with God and you need never have to worry about getting it wrong with people.
Leadership is one thing. Public servant leadership is a whole different animal. And life in the fishbowl is for warriors, not jelly fish.
For the next important decision you have to make; or, if your commission or council is deliberating a tough issue and grappling for an answer - do this and watch and see how God will work through you to work out the solution.
Published on Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 7:08 AM CDT