The Israelites… did not consult the Lord. Joshua made peace with them (Gibeonites), covenanting with them to make them live… – Joshua 9:14-15
Embarking on an adventure without featuring and factoring in the mandate of God can amount to barking up the wrong tree. True leaders don’t throw caution to the wind while evaluating and assessing the course of action to take in a given circumstance. They understand that one circumstance differs from the other and also that circumstances alter cases.
You can’t afford to leap to conclusions without considering the essential information required to make an informed decision, especially as it impacts on your leadership and rubs off on the effort of your team. You need to size up a given circumstance, as a crucial effort to know which way the wind is blowing. Of course, sizing up a situation is half the battle in the overall decision making process.
Joshua endorsed the request of the Gibeonites for a peace agreement with the Israelites without ascertaining whether the Lord approves of the request. The Gibeonites misrepresented their identity as a people that had travelled from a far country and needed a place of habitation and rest.
Without sizing up the proposal with the lens of the Spirit, Joshua ratified their request but later discovered that the Gibeonites took them for a ride. Therefore, in order not to suffer the peril of hasty decision, as a leader, you need to size up a situation to enable you decide on the right course of action to take. May the Lord endow you with the wisdom to keep you on the right track while making crucial decisions in Jesus name.