The title of this post comes from an old term used by many businesses when dealing with “problem” employees. Many such employees were given a day off called “decision-making leave” and the purpose was for them to decide whether or not they wanted to work there. Some may refer to this as a “Time-Out”.
The Lord can give us a “decision-making leave” as well, but in his own way and according to his will. Unless we ask him to help with our minds, will and emotions, we can let those over-shadow his will. The Lord will sometimes allow us to continue our plans, as he knows the outcome.
If our plans are truly not the Lords plans, he may use those to help teach us something important. Maybe we are to encounter someone who needs prayer or we run into a group of people who needs help. Whatever we think “our plans” are, the Lord can turn those around into “his plans”.
Sometimes the Lord may give someone a straight-forward message that they don’t want to accept, because it came from someone who they are not sure if they “hear from the Lord”. Keep in mind, the Lord can use anyone to obtain his goals. When we don’t accept the message, we might do our best to convince all of the people we think do “hear from the Lord” that our decision is the right one.
One thing we all know for sure is that the Lord does not lie and he never ever asks us to sin. The Lord loves us and will always accept us with open arms, no matter how many times we fall.
If we have a history of making bad decisions, it’s hard for others to accept another decision that has the appearance of all the bad ones from before. It doesn’t mean that they don’t love you or pray for you, it’s just that actions speak louder than words.
If we are facing a decision, first take it to the Lord in prayer yourself. The Lord does answer prayer in perfect timing. Don’t be impatient by immediately assuming you have to gather a large group together to get your answer. Sometimes others do need to be involved, but not all the time. Ask the Lord to have the Holy Spirit reveal the truth in all things. Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom is always needed.
If someone is truly testing our patience, stop what you are doing and take it to the Lord in prayer. Don’t let anger take control of any situation. Remember to always show the characteristics of Christ, no matter what anyone is doing.
“Frank Sinatra, My Way, With Lyrics”
“What a friend we have in Jesus”