Let wisdom be your yardstick...

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Before you make a move, it be rather wise that you plan. 

I found this statement to be so true on many and different occasions, I have found that it would be senseless to move into a new direction without weighing up the costs. How often we make plans without consulting God and then when things do not work out as we expected, we often find people blaming God or asking Him why. We all know that we cannot make an investment without doing due diligence and yet, so many people do. 

We need to remind ourselves, every decision we make has a consequence and it is therefore imperative that we do not allow our emotions to get the better of us when making a decision. This reminds me of a picture I saw unfold so many times before. Many years ago, we lived in a seaside village that for the most part of the year was just that. Locals would spend their day going about their business at leisure seemingly without a care in the world. However, when the summer holiday season arrived, you could not move in the town, it was as if the whole nation had descended on the town. The infrastructure never kept up with the times and so holiday periods were not something  locals appreciated. It was during these times that many got the impression, our town was a good place to make a living. All they saw was the throngs of people on our beaches, in the streets and I must say, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement of the day. Businesses seemed to flourish, and this was all the hook many undiscerning visitors needed to invest their life savings into.

There were people all over the place and of course the locals benefited greatly, but they also knew that  when the season was over, they had to make sure they provided for the lean months. I saw many of these visitors return and invest their savings into businesses they thought would give them a great return on their investment, but many of them soon realized their decision was based on impulse and without doing their homework. In turn they lost everything and returned to the place where they came from broke, hurt and despressed.

I have seen people get into all sorts of relationships and some for the wrong reason and when things do not work out, the brokenness and hurt nearly destroyed them. Again, we need to understand that every decision has a consequence and if we would seek the heart of God on every matter, we would find the end result far different.

Here are some points you might want to consider when making any decision:

1) Wisdom 

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 

Everyone of us needs wisdom, and when making a decision, we will be less likely to stumble or fall. Godly wisdom is something you and I can bank on. It is a sure thing and the results will prove so. Sometimes, waiting for a answer is all that is needed for us t move forward and I have learnt NOT to do anything until I have surety to do so. 

2) Wait 

Isa 40:31 But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.

Here is a promise that God has given everyone of us. Some do not understand the principle of waiting, but out of learning to do so, we have this overwhelming sense of peace rule in our hearts. Friend, learn to wait on the Lord.

3) Peace 

1 Pet 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

It is a wonderful thing to walk in the peace of God, in fact, the word of God encourages us to pursue peace (1 Pet 3:11). Learn to seek answers from God and you will find rest in His answers. Never move into something unless you have peace in your heart, in other words there are no other questions need asking, you will find that you will come to that place of knowing that what you are about to do is exactly what God ordained for you.

I recently made a decision to be part of a local group and in my mind, because things were not working out for me as I had planned, I must admit, I thought that this move would be the right thing to do, however as I never made it a point of prayer and I never sought the heart of God on the matter, in the end, it did not take long for me to realize the mistake I had made, nevertheless, I can confidently declare, God is faithful, and when He had rescued me from an otherwise disastrous situation, I once again saw the error of my thinking and learnt another valuable lesson.

If you do not have peace, stand!

3) Season 

Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

It is a good thing to know or establish what season you are in, for in doing so, you will also find it far easier to understand what you are facing when calculating the cost. Every decision needs to be weighed up and this bring me to the next point.

4) Write it down

Hab 2:1-3 I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the ramparts. I will watch to see what He will say to me and how I will answer my reproof. Then the LORD answered me: “Write down this vision and clearly inscribe it on tablets, so that a herald may run with it. For the vision awaits an appointed time; it testifies of the end, and will not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it, since it will surely come and not delay.…

Have a clear understanding of what it is that you are planning. Take time to write it down, to seek answers, to wait for these to come and allow yourself to get caught up in the will of God, rather than self. When we seek the heart of God, His will is made known to us and my friend, His peace settles on our hearts and we find ourselves moving along in the perfect will of God.

A far better future awaits those who wait on the Lord!

I am sure that I could keep this list going for a long time, but the point that I am trying to make is simply this:

1) Never make a decision without seeking the Lord first. 

2) Never ask others what they think? Unless it is someone who has God's heart for you, this is a dangerous thing to do. The moment you ask someone else's opinion, you open yourself up to exactly that... I have found, if I was to ask someone else, I would always ask my wife first and together we would pray about it and do so until the Lord reveals the answer. Remember, when God speaks to us, He is doing exactly that, speaking directly to us. We do not need to ask another for an opinion. However, if we were to do so, let us ask those who we believe have God's heart for us, for in doing so, we will not be confused about the will of God for our lives. Too many seek an answer from others, rather than from the Source of all wisdom and knowledge.

Always let wisdom be your yardstick...



 




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Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...