Leadership Lessons: The Last Word


“Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” Proverbs 16:1

We all make plans, as we should. Even with great detail and consideration, it is the Lord that brings anything and everything into existence. Here are a few thoughts for leaders as we make plans for the future.

Pray for sensitivity to God’s leading in your life. Don’t move without consulting with God. Spend time praying and fasting before major decisions especially. Some decisions are life-altering and have long-term ramifications. You want to make sure that those decisions are the ones God wants you to make and ones that would please Him.

Listen for His voice and the counsel of godly people. God’s direction will not conflict with His Word. Many times our decisions are selfish and motivated by self-interest. God decisions are motivated by God-interests. When we are making decisions we should not only look at how we’re affected but moreover how others are affected, will benefit and ultimately how the Kingdom is benefited by the plan and decision we’re about to make.

Act when God tells you too, even if you don’t understand why. So often, we want to know it all but we can’t and shouldn’t expect too. God is not obligated to reveal any reasons or give any justification to us. Our response is simply to obey.

Never allow personal feelings, agenda, or previous plans, get in the way of God’s call on your life. He has the right and position to lead you into any direction and way He desires. Timing is important to God but sometimes His timing disrupts our timing. We must rest assured that His timing is perfect and He never makes a mistake. When God says “move”, we move and when God says “stay”, we stay. It should never be a question of timing; it is always a question of trust.

Serve faithfully where you are until God moves or leads you somewhere else. This is always difficult when we have dreams and plans of our own. But when we follow God and any dream He initiates we trust He will administrate it all in His own time. We simply need to be ready to move with God when God moves. We don’t have to make anything “happen”. We do have to wait on the Lord. Waiting doesn’t mean inactivity but quite the opposite. It means serving where we are so as to always be watching for where God wants us to serve next. Servants always look for another way, another place to serve. The best way to know where next is be serving somewhere now; not waiting for the “dream job” to open up.

The last word is God’s. We don’t need to explain or justify anything that we do that He has called us to. Rest assured that if we are moving out of His Will, we will give account of our decisions and choices. When God gives the last word, our first word should be “yes”.

George ProfileGeorge Lockhart is a missionary with Vision 2 Hear and the Creative Arts and Mission Pastor at New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA


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