“Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger.” ~ Anonymous
There is nothing more freeing than to feel secure. “Safe” and “secure” don’t necessarily go together. Being secure doesn’t mean that you’re always going to play it safe. In fact, the more secure you feel, the more likely you are to take a risk rather than stay in a safe place. Security gives you the confidence you need to stretch yourself to go beyond what you know is safe. A skydiver might feel secure with his parachute so he jumps out of an airplane which isn’t at all the safe thing to do.
In the Old Testament, Joseph navigated some very difficult circumstances that weren’t always safe. However, Joseph had security in knowing God was in control. His security gave him boldness to not always play it safe. Here’s how Joseph addresses his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt many years earlier:
But Joseph replied,…you intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (Genesis 50:19-20 NLT)
Joseph was secure in the sovereignty of God. He knew that God had a plan and no matter how difficult and even dangerous his situation might get, it was never out of God’s control. Joseph knew how to live and lead with the confidence that God was using it all for His bigger plan.
This didn’t just happen by accident. Joseph had grown in his relationship with God and was looking for God to guide and direct him. As a Christian leader, you too must constantly seek God’s direction in your life and leadership. A sense of security flows out of a life of obedience. God’s security never changes but your sense of His security in your life and leadership requires growth.
Do you trust God to guide you toward His best for you and for your organization? I mean, do you really trust Him? You serve a sovereign God who loves you and desires to use you for His glory. Your sense of security will flow out of your obedience to do what you know God wants you to do, fully trusting Him with the outcome. You just need to “put on your parachute and jump!”
It won’t always feel safe, but you will feel secure. Rest with confidence that God’s larger plan and eternal purpose is being worked out through you and your leadership. Don’t be reckless or foolish, but do be bold. Prayerfully seek God’s best for you and your organization and He will begin to make the path clear before you. The journey starts with the first step.
As a leader, you have tough decisions you will need to make today. You serve an almighty Heavenly Father who loves you and wants to use you. Lead with confidence, knowing that you are secure in His sovereignty.