This past year, well more accurately, these past few years have been marked with significant challenges leading to difficult situations.
I’ll use this space to share what the Lord has taught me in this season in the context of leadership and my pursuit of God through the process.
Here are three things I want to leave you with when you find yourself in difficult seasons, especially if you are a leader.
1. Stay in the place of abiding with the Lord and don’t move from it.
God’s promise is that He will get you through the valley if you stay in communion with him. The Lord always sets a table before you in the presence of your enemies, your conflict, your trial. This invitation to draw near to God is always extended to you while you journey through your dark seasons. Accept this invitation to draw near to God often.
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley,a I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff,they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (NIV)
2. While you can’t control what happens TO you, you can control what happens IN you.
I’ve taken this position for many years. People can go after your reputation but they can never touch your character. You own your integrity, you own your character, no-one or nothing can take this away. Being right with God is your greatest reward so find life in His presence, stay aligned with His Word and walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
Colossians 1:10 “live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
3. Make the right (godly) choices.
Whether you feel God’s presence or not. Whether you’re betrayed by, gossiped and/or slandered about by others, refuse to let these things move you into making wrong choices you will regret and have to clean up later.
Determine to do what is godly and do what is right. If you choose the right thing, if you consistently make godly choices no matter how hard it is, God will reward you. Trust His goodness. Trust His character. Trust His Word.
Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
The Goal Of Trials
I’m reminded that the goal of the Christian life is not heaven but the image of Jesus. This is why it says in James 1:2 “to count it all joy when you face various trials…” we can find joy in the trial when we realize that the trial carries the nutrients to produce a greater reflection of His nature and glory in us.