There's an old saying that says that when you're perplexed about a decision, "to trust your gut." It means we're supposed to go with what feels right, based on our intuition and initial thoughts. There have been books written by well-known leadership experts that say the best decisions are the initial deep down gut feelings we have about an issue/decision. The problem with this line of thinking is that it just does not line up with Scripture. It's there in black and white: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil."Proverbs 3:5–7 (NIV)
1. We are NOT to depend solely on our own understanding.
Why? Our knowledge is always limited.Our knowledge is always jaded. Scripture tells us that "the heart is deceitfully wicked." It misleads us. Emotions get involved. Agendas and motivations get cloudy. We can NOT depend on our own understanding.
2. We are to seek God about every decision.
Yes, every decision. Scripture tells us to "pray about everything." Before Jesus picked the 12 disciples, He spent all night in prayer! Wow. Challenged.
3. We are to seek counsel from Godly friends and mentors.
"So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers." Prov. 24:6 (NLT)
Good friends and mentors won't just tell us what we want to hear, either. They will speak the truth in love to us. They won't just trust their gut and give us their opinions. The best advisers will share God's perspective from His Word, too!
Getting the picture? Success (victory) doesn't come from trusting your gut. It come from trusting God and His path to wise decisions.