Bobby McGraw - August 15, 2019
You’re probably familiar with the phrase: hindsight is 20/20. It’s a phrase that reminds us that we don’t always see things clearing until it’s too late.
Have you ever realized something was a mistake after it was too late? I know I have.
Things are not always as they seem. Hindsight is 20/20 reminds us that people are able to evaluate past decisions more clearly than they did in the moment.
Proverbs reminds us of this truth.
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
— Proverbs 12:15 NLT
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
— Proverbs 16:25 NLT
Nobody sets out to make a disastrous decision. In the moment, it seems right. It seems obvious. And then it blows up in our face.
Is it possible to get clarity BEFORE it’s too late? Is it possible to avoid the mistake and the negative repercussions that come from it?
I believe there are at least five strategies we can employ to avoid disaster.
5 Strategies for Avoiding Disaster
1. Trust God
This is the starting point. No matter how smart you are, God knows more than you do. The one who knows you best knows what is best for you. Trust him. Rest in him. Don’t try to manufacture
2. Listen to Godly Counsel
There is wisdom in hearing from godly friends, families, mentors, etc. Give them a little context and ask, “Am I missing anything here? Any red flags?”
3. Plan Carefully
Create a game plan. Start with the destination in mind and then work backwards. This helps you get clear on where you are going and while determining the steps to get there.
4. Check Your Words and Emotions
Misguided words or out of control emotions can derail even the best plans. When they go unchecked, we sabotage ourselves. Look out for areas you are overreacting to. That’s typically a symptom of a deeper issue.
5. Know Your Heart
Pay attention to what’s going on inside of you. Are you in a good place? The best plans come from walking with God consistently. As God shapes your heart, you can take surer steps. You path becomes clearer — more obvious.
Here’s a challenge for you today. I stead of saying, “I’m going to do whatever I think is best.” Ask, “What is the wisest thing to do?” Then listen and follow whatever God tells you to do. And when you do, you’ll avoid disaster.