Leading like Jesus means leading with confidence. Jesus never seemed unsure of Himself as he led His disciples and ministered to the people around Him. I understand, He is God, so that helps with self-confidence, but He is also our example, and we, too, can lead with confidence. Even though our circumstances may be uncertain, we can rely on the certainty of God being in control as well as on the reality of His presence with us to help us lead confidently.
Psalm 46:1-3 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” How is it that we can manage not to be afraid in such dire circumstances? Verses 10-11 in Psalm 46 answer that question. We are told, “’Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Our confidence comes from having the sovereign, almighty King of kings and Lord of lords with us. With us! Do we really stop and consider the magnitude of that reality? There is no greater power anywhere than the power of the God of Jacob. He is supposed to be the One that calms us by His presence. Do we allow Him to do that? Do we rest at His feet? Do we quiet ourselves before Him in prayer and in reading His Word? Do we gain confidence from knowing that He is sovereignly in control of every circumstance around us? We have nothing to fear when God is with us.
Consider some of the lyrics from Chris Tomlin’s song, Whom Shall I Fear. “You hear me when I call. You are my morning song. Though darkness fills the night, it cannot hide the light. Whom shall I fear? You crush the enemy underneath my feet. You are my sword and shield, though troubles linger still. Whom shall I fear? I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side. The one who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine. The God of angel armies is always by my side. My strength is in your name, for you alone can save. You will deliver me. Yours is the victory. Nothing formed against me shall stand. You hold the whole world in your hands. I’m holding on to your promises. You are faithful. You are faithful. You are faithful.”
This song paints a powerful picture of the God who is with us in the storm. He is the light in the darkness. He crushes the enemy. He goes before us. He is both our protector and our defender. He is the One who reigns for all eternity. He is our strength and victory. Nothing can contend against Him and prevail. He is the creator and sustainer of everything. He holds all things together. Colossians 1:16-17 describes this truth about Jesus. “By Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
If we remind ourselves of these truths, we cannot help but lead with confidence. In times of uncertainty, focus on the truth of God’s character. Remember His faithfulness. Speak truth to yourself about His power. Filling our minds with these truths becomes the bedrock of what we believe and speaks peace to our emotions. As we quiet ourselves before God and remind ourselves of His power, we find the confidence to lead others even in the midst of uncertain times. The best hope we can offer others is to point them to our calming, powerful, sovereign God.