“If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.” ~ Cormac McCarthy
The Everly Brothers had a hit song back in the late 50’s called “Problems.” The opening lyrics are: “Problems, problems, problems all day long. Will my problems work out right or wrong?” The second verse begins with: “Worries, worries pile up on my head. Woe is me, I should have stayed in bed!” As a leader, I can relate to the lyrics of this classic. I’ve had days like that.
I love the honesty I see in David as he writes so transparently in the Psalms about his own struggles and fears. Here is one of his reminders about God’s help for us when we have overwhelming problems and worries:
“The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” (Psalm 9:9-10 NLT)
Feeling safe and secure is essential for effective leadership. When we are oppressed and threatened with troubles beyond our control, we often go into survival mode. As Christian leaders, we need to rest in the safety and security we have in Christ and lead with confidence. He is our shelter and refuge. Scripture tells us that as believers, we are “in Him.” Problems take on a different perspective when we turn to God and trust Him to help us.
When David wrote these words, he was out in the wilderness. There were plenty of dangers and threats to his safety. I can imagine David reminding himself of this truth as he prepared to go to sleep on a dark night with strange noises all around. David learned to rely on God’s protection and provision.
What do you have in your life that troubles you and keeps you awake at night? What worries and fears do you have today? Turn to God in your times of trouble and the Holy Spirit will comfort you and give you peace. You are secure in him. Peter tells us to “give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” (I Peter 5:7 NLT)
As a leader, you not only need a sense of security for yourself, but you must also be strong in order to confidently lead your team through tough times. Turn to God in your times of need and learn to trust Him by faith. By doing this, you will model to your team how turning to God in times of need is the wisest thing anyone can do.
Be bold, be brave and lead with confidence today. Learn to call out to God in your time of trouble and trust Him. He holds you in the palm of His hand. Give your problems and worries to Him and find peace and rest in His love and care for you today.