Leading During Turbulent Times- Moses

October 29, 2009

If there were ever a sign that the Israelite nation should have seen after crossing the Red Sea, I would imagine it should have looked something like this sign!  Granted, they had just witnessed a miracle of miracles and been heroically saved from the grips of their enemy Pharaoh, but the days of true trial were ahead.

In many situations, as a leader, you may identify with Moses.  What would some of the similarities be?  As yourself these questions:

1.  Have you ever been forced to lead a group of people who constantly grumbled and complained about everything?

2. Have you ever led, convinced you were doing God’s will, but couldn’t help fighting the feeling that you were passing around the same mountain?

3.  Did you ever get tired of constantly having to prove your leadership and discernment to a group of people you were leading?  Only to have to do it again?  and again?  and yet again?

Well, if you answered yes to even one of the above, you can identify with Moses.  Let’s not forget that Moses was no spring chicken when God called him to this great task of freedom.  Most 80 year olds today enjoy peaceful retirement, but Moses was told to take off his sandals and put on his walking shoes.  If ever there were a leader who could identify with leading during a turbulent time, it would be Moses.

I could not help but to hear a hint of joy in President Bush’s voice the other night during his congratulatory speech to the new president elect.  If I were in W’s shoes, I cannot say that I would not also be overjoyed with the idea of no longer having to lead a country of grumbling people and constantly live in the state of “never doing anything right.”  In the span of 8 years, Bush has had to lead a country who has witnessed a horrific attack on New York, a Stock Market crash (after 9/11), the burst of mortgage growth and the housing market, the fall of the mortgage industry and housing market, national banks failing left and right, two wars on two different fronts, need I go on?  That list is enough to wear on any leader.  So what are we to do if we find ourselves leading during the most turbulent of times?

If we were to follow Moses, there are a couple of simple ideas to implement for success.

1.  Quiet time with God–  If you were to read of the chronicles of Moses, you would find there are numerous references to Moses ascending to the mountain of God.  In fact, Moses is known as the “friend of God” because of his humility and his focus on God.  For Moses, I would imagine this was one of the habits that kept him on track and not wanting to simply violate one of the commandments and be done with the whole grumbling tribe.  Through his quiet time with God, Moses was able to discern his direction, receive blessing, and get his focus back onto God’s plan.  What a simple habit that most of us look over due to the business we call life.

2.  Persistence with the Plan–  Moses did not know where the Promise Land was exactly, but he did know that God would lead them there.  That is what Moses focused on.  When others were wanting to turn back and give up, Moses stuck to the plan-God’s Providence.

3.  Surround yourself with Godly Council–  Moses sought most of his direction from God, but there were those like Aaron and Joshua who built him up as well.  They were his council of sorts, those who protected him from being so worn by the day to day management of the group.  Surrounding yourself with Godly council will most of the time provide you the little boost you need on those days you feel you do not have any more to give.  Moses sought peace in their presence to just be Moses.  We all need that from time to time.  Also, one important trait of Godly council is that they can recognize when it is time for you to pray and will tell you so.  This is a great thing to have when you are facing battles on every front.  Not only should you have a group that prays for you and pushes you along, it’s good that they take the time to push you to honor the first principle we discussed.

With all of the news about the layoffs, the market crashing, international woes, or even just the fact that your car didn’t start today, it’s good to know that God gave us leaders to look to.  Although they were not perfect, they did seek his heart and were noted in His book.  I believe I am going to try to be more like Moses and honor the three principles above.  Maybe by focussing more on God, I will focus less on what’s going on around me!  That is true Christian Leadership!

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About the Writer:

Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry.Technorati tags: , .

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