Discipled Leaders Seek Wisdom

October 6, 2018

Did you know that adults make as many as 35,000 decisions a day? And, up to 70 of those decisions are complex.[1]

Let that sink in. We make a lot of decisions.

So, with so many decisions to make on a daily basis, how does the person of faith make good ones? By seeking God’s wisdom and discernment.

A leader’s daily decision-making process typically includes defining the problem or opportunity, determining root causes, identifying potential solutions and implications, and choosing the optimal solution. Decision-making ranges from simple to complex. The more facts, logic, analysis, advice, and experience, the better. But what happens when the circumstances become ambiguous and you don’t have all the facts? Where do you turn in a crisis, or while dealing with challenging people situations, or in the midst of a rapidly changing environment?

Good decision-makers turn to intuition, that inner voice, sense, hunch, or gut feeling that arises when making a decision. Intuition is a feeling you have about the decision, good or bad. Leaders combine information, experience, and intuition to make hard decisions.

Let’s take this one step further: our intuition is often wrong. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). Australian writer Christina Stead wrote, “Intuition is not infallible; it only seems to be the truth.”[2]  If our intuition can be wrong, what is the discipled leader to do?

  1. Develop wisdom. The key to great decision-making is to seek God and his wisdom in the process. A discipled leader soaks themselves in God’s word and asks for wisdom (James 1:5). God is the source of wisdom, and he can see things you cannot. Read God’s Word for wisdom to help you distinguish what is true and right. The Bible says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 ESV). The Lord will speak to you through his Word and show you where to go and what to do. Ask him for wisdom and he’ll give it to you. In times of decision, he’ll give you the ability to comprehend what is obscure and exercise good judgment.
  2. Seek counsel and listen. Learn to listen to God and seek the wise counsel of those you trust. The Bible says, “Without counsel plans fail but with many advisers, they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22 ESV). Seek advice and carefully listen as you make decisions. Such advice will help you define reality, think about potential outcomes, determine cause and effect, and identify opportunities.
  3. Drop selfish agendas. Personal agendas will cloud your judgment. Drop your agenda and seek God. The Bible says, “Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your advantage.” (Philippians 2:3–4 MSG). If you drop your agenda and pick up God’s, you’ll help yourself and others avoid unnecessary circumstances.

Engaging God in your decision-making process, seeking counsel, learning to listen, and dropping your selfish agenda will amplify your intuition and set you on the right path toward becoming a discipled leader.


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[2]“Christina Stead quote,” AZ Quotes, http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1242364.

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