Christian Devotionals
Thriving in the Midst of Uncertainty

Thriving in the midst of uncertainty (1)
"Neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon Thee." 2 Chronicles 20:12

Uncertainty is a permanent part of all progress; it never goes away! Furthermore, uncertainty isn't an indication of poor leadership; it just underscores the need for it; it's the environment in which good leadership is most often discovered. As a leader you may think you should always know what to do, but in reality there'll be very few occasions when you are absolutely certain. Since you'll constantly be called on to make decisions with limited information, your goal should not be to eliminate uncertainty, but to develop the ability to be courageous and clear in the midst of it.

As you rise through the ranks, you'll be called upon to make decisions regarding relationships, money, time, values, opportunities and disputes. Eventually your decisions will show up on the bottom line, and there in the clear light of day your leadership will be judged. And there's something else you need to know; in that realm it takes longer to recognise your brilliance or stupidity, because you're forced to lead for long periods of time without the benefit of knowing whether or not you made the right call. And by the time your crop starts coming in, it's too late to change your agricultural procedure. You have to wait until the next planting season.

But don't let that throw you. It's not your job to remove uncertainty; it's your job to inspire clarity, courage, and progress in the midst of it. When you can do that, you're a leader!

Thriving in the midst of uncertainty (2)
"Neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon Thee." 2 Chronicles 20:12

By the time Moses passed the reigns of leadership to Joshua, everything had changed. For 40 years Joshua has been taught to navigate and survive in a wilderness, but now it was time to enter the Promised Land. Can't you hear his thoughts: "I know a lot about wandering, but not much about warfare." No wonder God told him, "Be strong and courageous... for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Jos 1:9 NIV). Why would God tell Joshua not to be afraid? Because he must have been afraid! Everything about his new situation wreaked of uncertainty. The only thing Joshua knew for sure was that God said, "Go." Listen: "Then Joshua commanded the people, saying, 'Prepare... yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan... [and] possess the land" (Jos 1:10-11 NAS).

Can you imagine what the people must have thought? Question: "But Joshua, how are we going to get across the river?" Answer: "I'm not sure, but in three days be ready to go." Question: "But Joshua, what are we going to do when we get to the other side?" Answer: "I'll tell you when we arrive. Just be ready to move out in three days."

You'll always be uncertain as to many things, especially as you move into new territory. But you can never afford to be unclear or in doubt as to your call, your vision and your destination. So where does such confidence come from? God's promise, "I am with you."

Thriving in the midst of uncertainty (3)
"Neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon Thee." 2 Chronicles 20:12

To thrive in uncertain territory, you must be able to successfully do these four things:

(1) Understand your certainty quotient! Think back to your last big decision that turned out right. How certain were you? 80 percent? 50 percent? If your best decisions are usually made at the 75 percent mark, that is your "certainty quotient." When you reach that point, it's time to stop debating and start moving.

(2) Express your uncertainty with confidence! Never look at successful people and assume that single-handedly and with no hesitation, they fearlessly navigated the currents of uncertainty. No, they just understood that with each step, answers would be given. So instead of pretending to know more than you do, begin to encourage a culture of transparency that fosters the free exchange of ideas. When you don't know, just say, "I don't know, but I'll find out."

(3) Consult with others! King Solomon wrote more about seeking counsel than any other biblical writer. Do kings need counsel? You bet! And only those with the humility to acknowledge it ever prosper.

(4) Measure your success by the scoreboard, not the rulebook! Every good coach goes into the game with a plan. But he's willing to change his plan in order to win. Pencil in your plans, but write your vision in ink! Good leaders, like good coaches, are often forced to abandon or amend some of their plans in order to deliver on the vision. The ones who do are the ones who reach their destination.

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