Hi, friends! If you would have told me a year ago what I would be doing today, I would have straight laughed at you. Jesus is crazy, y’all. I never in a million years saw myself as a leader nor a pastor. But I’ve been realizing lately that most of the people we learn about in the Bible wouldn’t have exactly been number one draft pick either, and that comforts me.
This year, I chose the word “Brave” to be my theme, and man, it’s been quite the adventure. I graduated college, got a new job, moved to a new city and got married – go big or go home, right? And I think what I’m learning from these changes is that being brave has a lot to do with living and leading through uncertainty.
I actually hate uncertainty. I love planning things. I’m not a spontaneous person at all – in fact, I’m on of the most cautious people you’ll ever meet. But I think the problem is that in all my planning, I become addicted to controlling. And you don’t get to control your life and follow Jesus. It just won’t work, and it’ll make you sick and stressed along the way. Trust me.
I’m learning that there’s a level of freedom in uncertainty, as impractical as it sounds. When we get to a place where we don’t know the answer, we get to seek the One who knows them all.
My favorite example of leading in uncertainty comes from the book of Joshua. See, I relate a lot to Joshua. He was Moses’s apprentice, so the bar was already incredibly high. Everyone loved Moses, and now Joshua has to follow that example. To top it off, Moses lead Joshua and their people through seasons of wandering. All of Joshua’s leadership lessons involved learning about how to wander, how to survive, etc.
But then, it was Joshua’s turn to lead the people. And at the same time, the season of wandering was gone. It was time to enter the promise land and face who knows what. Wandering was over – planting was now.
Joshua was probably scared out of his mind. I know I would be! But we see in Joshua 1:9 that God said,
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I imagine Joshua, terrified. Then I imagine God answering that fear with the best, most reassuring Truth.
“Hey, Joshua. It’s your God. Listen, I know this is scary. But hey, I’ve designed you specifically for this. I’ve commanded you – I’ve equipped you. Be brave, Joshua. Don’t be scared – I’ve got you. I’m with you. No matter where you go, who you face or what happens – I’m still here. I’m still in control.”
In the very next verse, we see Joshua command the people that in three days, they will cross the Jordan River and enter the land they were promised.
Joshua still doesn’t know what to do or how to do it. God didn’t give him the answers, and Moses didn’t teach him how to lead through it. But Joshua knows what they need to do, and he knows God is with him through it all.
He led the people. He didn’t know what would happen, but He knew there was a God with them through every step.
So my challenge is to lead through uncertainty. Life is uncertain. But we get a choice. We can be so afraid of being wrong that we stay wandering, or we can trust that God has given us everything we need to get to His promised plans.
So be brave, friend. Choose to face your fear knowing that you may not know the outcome, but you know the God who will be with you always.