Devotionals For Leaders: Certainly Uncertainty


Where did we ever get the idea that following Jesus was safe? Definitely not from reading the scripture! Person after person in the Bible not only had their faith tested but many of them lost their lives because of that very faith. No, following Jesus is not safe and that’s for certain.

Nor is following Jesus predictable. We can try to figure out God’s next move but to our own chagrin. We try to guesstimate based on our previous experiences and God does something new and completely different. God will not be boxed in, nor will He be predictable. Our God is really edgy and on the wild side to be honest. You can be certain about that.

When it comes down to it, if you want a safe predictable life, then Jesus is not the God you want to choose. With Jesus, the one thing you can be certain of is uncertainty. God will not disclose to you everything He knows but that which you need to know at the right time. He may not even disclose anything for that matter. His point? That you would know Him and trust Him, not what else you know.

People want a common sense kind of life, one that makes sense to them and others. But God doesn’t promise a life that makes sense…just ask Job! What God does promise us is a life that makes us trust, love, forgive, believe, hope, and give Him glory. Oswald Chambers said:

The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.

As leaders it’s important to realize that you don’t know it all and to be ok with that. Leading doesn’t mean you have to know how it all plays out. It means that you are the first one to step out into the glorious uncertainty. God doesn’t call us to safety first or common sense living. He calls us to the life of uncertainty where we are completely certain of Him.

John the Baptist even had to grapple with this, being locked in jail for preaching against the king’s immorality. From prison, John sends his disciples to Jesus wondering if He was the One or if they should look for another. Jesus sent them back telling that He was the One that scriptures said would come. But what Jesus didn’t say was that He was the One who would deliver John from prison. Jesus didn’t do what others may have thought He would have/should have done. Jesus and John were cousins, sharing in the same line of work. Joh even baptized Jesus for goodness sake! Yet in that certain uncertainty, John knew from the beginning of his ministry that following Jesus would be dangerous. He knew that it could eventually cost him his life. And it did.

Jesus doesn’t promise you an easy path. He doesn’t promise to be a God you can box in or act in the ways you want Him too. He DOES promise to never leave you. He DOES promise to always take the bad or ugly or difficult or hard and transform it into something beautiful. He’s asking you to trust Him with the certain uncertainty because He’s not once ever failed and He’s certainly not gonna start now.

Final thought: following Jesus is certainly not always easy but it’s certainly an adventure you will not ever regret. If you want a safe, easy, predictable life, choose another god. If you want an abundant life, follow on.


Devotionals For Leaders: Right Before Your Very Eyes

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32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24: 32

Sometimes it’s not what we see but what we don’t see that counts. The two that Jesus appeared to as they walked from Jerusalem didn’t know who it was talking with them. Jesus was right in front of their very eyes and they didn’t know it. They didn’t recognize Him. I wonder how often this happens to us? Jesus is all around and yet we miss Him. We miss the gentle words, the soothing spirit, the careful guidance that comes with walking with the Savior. We just miss it because we are caught up in the smaller stories, or the “shadow” stories of our lives. The stories that go sideways instead of up. The stories that are ending instead of beginning. And right there in front of our eyes, the Lord is birthing something new and lovely! And we miss it.

As leaders it’s really important to pay attention to what has happened in the past and what you may dream about in the future but certainly don’t neglect what is happening right in front of you! As these two walked with Christ their hearts burned within them but they didn’t know why. It was because they were missing something right in front of their very eyes! What are you missing that’s right in front of you? How is your heart burning…aching…longing? Maybe Christ is right there trying to say something to you? Show you something? Show you Himself?

Leaders need to be able to see Christ at work when others don’t. Leaders have to be able to look at things that are not and cannot be seen yet and know that they will be seen soon. It’s about moving from the present into the future. It’s about getting people from one place to another, which is what Christ did in this story. He walked with the two disillusioned disciples all the way back and then even stayed with them sharing a meal before they became aware. Sometimes, you will have to walk with people a fair little bit before they become aware of all that Christ is speaking into their lives. Walking into someone’s life means that you have to help them see and hear Christ who is walking and talking with them when you are not around. This is the essence of discipleship: not that people would rely on you but they become able to rely on walking with and recognizing Christ on their own.

Our task as leaders is to fix our eyes on Christ ourselves and then help others to see how Christ is working and moving and speaking in their world. Don’t miss Christ in the daily routine of walking from place to place, in conversations and dialogue, for it may be in those very things that Christ burns His Truth in our hearts.

Final Thought:  Focus on what God is doing now. What is He saying now? How do you see Him at work now? Enjoy the conversation with God now and you will end up in the right place then.

Finding God’s “Perfect Will”?

NEW PRODUCTWhat does it mean to you when people ask about God’s Will for their lives? This is something I have questioned myself…often. Even as a guy who’s been in the ministry for years, served in many capacities, and been around the world on multiple mission projects, I can still wonder if I am in God’s perfect will, doing the things I should be doing. How about you?

I’m glad to be in such good company! The fact is that many of us, especially those who sincerely want to please God and serve Him can find ourselves in gridlock, stopped dead in our tracks because we are wrestling with this whole concept of knowing and doing God’s “perfect will” for our lives.

Having approached the mid-life point of life and been faced with multiple decision opportunities over the course of my life, I want to share some of the things I have to remind myself about concerning God’s plan for my life….and for yours.

Finding God’s Will Is Not About Discovering Life’s Details.

Demanding details reveals my distrust in God’s power and love. God is not obligated to show me anything about my future. My prayer life can sometimes sound like I am playing 20 Questions or treating God like a magic genie begging for some wishes to come true. Instead, what I really believe God wants is for me to trust Him NOW and as I walk INTO the future. Asking God for His plan for my life becomes more about me having details than really knowing what He wants. God has outlined much of what He wants in scripture already. So when I come and want His plans for MY LIFE…that’s details.

A “Perfect Will For My Life” Prayer May Be Egocentric.

No one wants to fail, right? I want every decision to be right and I want to succeed in all I do. There’s nothing wrong with that except that pride may be in the way. I have to remember that God didn’t reveal everything to His people in the past, nor His prophets, disciples or even His Son. Asking God to give me insight on everything in my life, next steps, and decisions about the future is important wise. But it’s also essentially important to remember that God’s “perfect will” for my life is ultimately going to result in me becoming more and more like Him, which means less and less about me.

Finding God’s Will Should Not Substitute Knowing God.

Wanting my life to count and matter is one thing but sometimes I can become so caught up in myself mattering that I can completely forget what really matters; and that’s God! God may wait in answering, allow uncertainty, or even do something completely unexplained expecting me to trust in Him and His character. God’s Will is for me to know Him. God’s Will is for me to glorify Him regardless of what I know or don’t know. And God may even not tell me everything because when I feel like I “know-it-all” I have no need for Him. And no one likes a “know-it-all”, right? There’s only room for one of those and God’s His name.

God’s Will Is More About Who I Become Than What I Do.

Sure there are things God wants me to accomplish that I may not know yet. But many things God wants are already explained in scripture i.e. go and make disciples, love my enemies, forgive others. I should focus more on becoming the person God wants rather than trying to figure out where God wants me. Because if I am the person God wants me to be, I will bring change regardless of where I am.

Knowing and Doing God’s Will Is A Matter Of Risk And Obedience.

Because God does make some of His Will known to me, I have to be willing to follow through with what I don’t know and risk everything else on God’s ability and promises. It is often not an issue of not knowing what God wants me to do as it is a matter of me being to risk my everything on what He has said. It may very well be that God won’t reveal or give any further direction until I obey that last direction He gave me.

What to do about finding God’s “perfect will”? I’ll handle that in another blog post soon. Until then, comment on what you think about this blog. Let’s discuss what goes on in your heart and mind on finding God’s perfect will.

George ProfileGeorge Lockhart is a missionary with Vision 2 Hear and serves as the Creative/Mission Pastor at New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA



Last Breath: Future

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46And Jesus called out with a loud voice,“Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.” Saying this, He breathed His last. Luke 23:46


These final words from Jesus’ lips could seem like the end on a life but they were really just the segway for the future. In these words there is trust, hope, confidence, and belief as Jesus surrenders Himself to the Father. Once again Jesus is our prime example, even in death. This phrase reveals to me Jesus’ reliance upon His Father. In the same way God wants us to trust Him as He holds the future, life and death, in His hands.

In God I Trust

It’s one thing to trust God when we are dying, hoping and desiring the afterlife to be real and all God has said but it’s quite another to trust God with the here and now…the present future of all we can see or perhaps fear. As Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane He prayed those ever faithful words: “not my will, but your will be done.” As Jesus says these last words He sets the example that we all need to follow: whether in life or death, trust God with your everything.

Questions for reflection

Who are you trusting in for death? For life?

Is it easier for you to trust God with eternity or the present?

Why do you find it hard to trust God with certain aspects of life?

Have you ever surrendered your will completely to God?

What thing(s) is hard for you to trust God with completely?