Biblical Leadership Lesson: Preparation

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Have you seen people "wing it" so much that they actually dismiss the importance of preparation? Are you like that? I find it crazy to discover that there are people in key leadership positions who won't take the time to adequately prepare for what is ahead of them. It is as if being prepared is of little significance to overall success. It's actually quite the opposite of that. 

Being prepared is the difference between winning and losing. 

David said, "The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the pawof the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." —1 Samuel 17:37

As you may recall, here is David vouching for himself to King Saul so that he could face Goliath. King Saul was obviously hesitant to let David go into battle because he feared David was inexperienced. The stakes were too high to send a young David to fight a seasoned fighter like Goliath. 

So David had to verbalize his resumé, listing his previous experiences as proof that he was more than capable to fight this giant. He listed that he was resourced by God to fight because God had helped him before. 

Here is a beautiful excerpt from one of my favorite authors, A.W. Towzer: 

The whole Bible and all past history unite to teach that battles are always won before the armies take the field. The critical moment for any army is not the day it engages the foe in actual combat; it is the day before or the month before or the year before....
Preparation is vital. The rule is, prepare or fail. Luck and bluster will do for a while, but the law will catch up with us sooner or later, usually sooner....
It did not take Moses long to lead the children of Israel out through the Red Sea to deliverance and freedom; but his fittedness to lead them out was the result of years of hard discipline. It took David only a few minutes to dispose of Goliath; but he had beaten the giant long before in the person of the lion and the bear....
Preparation is vital. Let this be noted by everyone. We can seek God today and get prepared to meet temptation tomorrow; but if we meet the enemy without first having met God, the outcome is not conjectural; the issue is already decided. We can only lose. 

This could explain your losing streak. This could also show you where you are weak. But don't be discouraged. You can practice and practice until you get better at your craft. 

So what are you doing today that will help you win tomorrow? If you insist to improvise on every thing then you will lose out on most things. You cannot underestimate the importance of being prepared. David won that battle because he was prepared. He had exercised his faith in God and his skills before facing Goliath. He had the necessary experienced to be favored with victory. 

Stay get ready now so that when the opportunity comes you don't have to get ready. 

What will you prepare for from this point forward? Let me know. 

God bless!