It’s been said that great deals require the art of negotiation. Negotiation is not always about giving in, but it’s about both parties being able to benefit,. When we think of huge corporate mergers and blockbuster deals, what we see is that each party walked away after having gained something. Oftentimes, the deal is won in the negotiation stage but for some people, they would rather do without that part. Could it be you have not yet received your breakthrough simply because you fail to negotiate?
Unlike negotiating with people, when we negotiate with God, it always leaves us in a much better position. People have angles that are almost always centered around their desires, however, God’s only angle centers around His desire for you. Jesus says in John 10:10; “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” With all the energy, devices and distractions aimed at causing you to compromise, simply to get ahead, God’s invitation to us is refreshing. There are forces aimed at stealing your dignity, killing your character and destroying your integrity but Jesus offers us more, and it won’t you cost you selling your soul.
God’s invitation is one that won’t need to be settled in dark backrooms, hashed out in smoke-filled hideaways or negotiated at the table of infidelity. God’s invitation won’t leave you feeling cheated, abused or even beguiled, but it will have you coming out better. The art of negotiation is not found in the details of the negotiation inasmuch as it’s found in the ability of the negotiator! God suggested to Isaiah to; “Come, let us reason together”, and when Isaiah did, he was never the same afterward. Likewise, when you take the time to sit with the greatest negotiator possible, then you too will discover the blessing of negotiation.
God says “give me your burden, and I will give you My blessing”! Give me your disappointment and I will give you My joy! Give me your shame and I will give you My grace! God doesn’t go into the negotiation deal looking to get ahead, He goes in looking to get YOU ahead! It seems one-sided to you and me but to God, it’s the Art of Negotiation!