It is said that hindsight is always 20/20, meaning we tend to see things and think clearly about a situation after it has already happened.
In life, we may not understand why things happen or which path to take. However, my experiences have made me realize that even when I cannot see the end results or I did not receive what I asked for, my focus must remain on God.
I trust that according to Romans 8:28, “all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”
Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “that many are the plans of a man’s heart but it is the purposes of God that prevails.” We must discern that when some doors close or the answer is no, it is not an indication that the devil is working against us. Delay does not mean denial. It could be that God has something better in store and is working it out for our good. So, in every situation and circumstance, my eyes are watching GOD! Instead of trying to make something work that was not intended for me, I have learned to let it go because every battle is not a battle with the enemy.
God says, in 1 Corinthians 12:1, “concerning the spiritual, brothers (daughters), I do not want you to be ignorant.” Believe it or not, some battles we fight are fought in ignorance; battling against God’s best for us. For example, when God says, “no” just surrender Instead of resisting. Even when you cannot see a positive outcome, say yes to God’s will. Be convinced in your heart that God only has good things for you, for without faith, it is impossible to please God. Rest assured that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He shall give us the desires of our heart.
As leaders, the principles mentioned above should be at the forefront of our minds; the more successful we become the greater the measure of humility that must be exhibited. There is a level of wisdom and understanding that comes from experiential knowledge. Too often leaders leave themselves vulnerable to self-destruction because of that thing called pride. But God.
I am reminded of the story of Joseph. He recognized in his youth that he had a prophetic gift. Not only was he a dreamer, he also interpreted them. Because he was immature and did not use wisdom, he told his jealous brothers that they would one day bow down to him. This angered his brothers who sought to kill him. A series of God ordained events transpired after Joseph was thrown in a hole and sold into slavery, later ending up in Egypt.
Now I am sure Joseph did not allow his brothers to place him in that hole willingly, nor did he agree to be sold as a slave who would be falsely accused and imprisoned. Yet, throughout his experiences, Joseph maintained his integrity. Things got worse before they got better. He never tried to escape from Egypt and return to his father’s house. Instead he maintained his integrity and made the best of his situation without lament. In the end, Joseph received God’s best for him in the land of bondage. He became the redeemer not only for his immediate family but for a nation.
When Joseph’s father died in the land of Egypt years later, his brothers were afraid that he would treat them poorly. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” (Exodus 50: 19-21). Joseph did not resist the process, he unknowingly surrendered to Gods will for his life.
May you have the wisdom to do the same.