Strategic Planning and Waiting on God
Strategic Planning and Waiting on God Strategic planning is a process leaders use to define their vision for the future and identify their organization's goals and objectives. As a Kingdom minded entrepreneur, there are times for us to run full speed ahead executing the vision God’s given us, and there are other times when we need to patiently wait on the Lord for instruction. "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31 ESV How do we do strategic planning in uncertain times? Balancing the process of goal setting and the strategic planning process with prayerful discernment is no small task. The fact that a door is open and we can do something does not mean it is His will for us. We need clarity about the season we are in as individuals and in our organizations. Daily committing to studying God’s word and spending time in prayer is the key to unlocking God’s will for us. There are many verses in the Bible about waiting on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord is a patient, confident trust in the Lord. Psalm 27 is a prayer to God for help. It beautifully illustrates the meaning of waiting on the Lord. Throughout the psalm’ David expresses authentic faith and courageous trust in God with a confident expectation that the Lord will rescue and save him in his time of trouble. David asked God for wisdom, and direction (verse 11), and protection (verse 12), wholly believing he would “see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” Waiting on the Lord involves the confident expectation of a positive result in which we place a great hope. Jesus had to submit His will to the Father. How much more do we? In Matthew 26:39 we see Jesus prostrate before the Lord. “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus struggled with the will of the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, but submitted His will to His Father.