Daily D – 1 Kings 22:7-8
But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn’t there a prophet of the LORD here anymore? Let’s ask him.” The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, there is still one man who can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”
1 KINGS 22:7-8 (CSB)
One of the problems with strategic planning is that those doing the planning often see the future through rose-colored glasses. They dream of what could be without considering what might go wrong. Here in this chapter, we see four hundred prophets speaking nothing but victory and only one saying that things would go badly wrong.
A post-mortem is a process where a team looks back and identifies what went wrong. This is a valuable learning experience. It teaches many helpful lessons regarding what to do differently next time. A pre-mortem exercise helps a team identify what could go wrong in advance. It begins with a question like, “Six months from now when this project has failed, what went wrong?”
Micaiah provided a pre-mortem. He was outnumbered four hundred to one. However, he was right and all the others were wrong.
Strategic plans without a pre-mortem are only half-baked at best.
What are you planning now? Have you considered what could go wrong? Who has the kind of experience and insight you need to see the possible problems ahead for your project? What contingencies will you put into place for those possible setbacks?
Rose-colored glasses are best worn when the battle is won, not when it is planned.
I will prepare for problems when making big plans.
Our Father, deliver us from the kind of planning that fails to consider possible problems. Give us the wisdom we need for setbacks and necessary adjustments. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.