Faithful Leadership

Leadership Devotional Thought

by Col Larry Simpson, USAF (Ret.)

"You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed" (Joshua 23:14).

Read that verse again, but this time more slowly. What stood out to you? For me it's the phrase: "Not one has failed." Since God has demonstrated such faithfulness, what then hinders my daily allegiance and trust in Him?

From a leadership perspective, I must ask: What is it that enables Christian leaders to maintain the charge when all around us says give up? Oaths, contracts, and legal agreements bind some to the task.

But that which binds the Christian and Christian leader is God's demonstrated faithfulness: "You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed."

20/20 hindsight is the easiest of visions; however, when you look back, are you doing so with the assurance that you are a part of God's master plan? If you are given to 20/20 hindsight, as I am, examine your leadership through this lens:

  • Have assurance you are part of God's master plan
  • Rest in the peace that He will come through (again) in unexpected ways
  • Abandon the "failure prevent" mode of performance, but perform "as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3:23)
  • Ask: Am I demonstrating courageous faith or reckless, expedient risk taking? Courage is not taking risks; courage is bound up in the faith we live. Courage complements faith and drives us to seek God for how to proceed.

God's demonstrated faithfulness emboldens us and fills us with faith, trust, and assurance. The Lord's unfailing acts are our delight. His continued faithfulness is our confidence.

 

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