Leading Through Chaos

Being a leader is the chance to make a difference, help others and step up to the opportunity. 

Being a leader is also a challenge that takes responsibility and commitment. This is especially true when leading through chaos.

There’s no doubt that we’re navigating chaos right now. Destructive Ideologies and values are being promoted while what is Godly and sustainable is being deconstructed. This is a chaotic time and yet, this is where we need ministry leaders to be steady and lead through it.

Leadership is spiritual and God uses leaders to move his plans forward. He’s always used someone to do his work and when that person said yes, God came through and made a way for them.

This is what happened with Moses and Aaron as they were the leaders of God’s people that numbered over one million individuals. They led them from slavery into a new way of living, God’s way. Can you imagine the chaos they navigated?

So much was happening and yet God was with them every step of their journey. In fact, he made for them and got them to the promised land. 

“19. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there! 20. You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.”

Psalms‬ ‭77‬:‭19‬-‭20‬

I love how it says, “God led through a pathway no one knew was there.”

When ministry leaders step up and obey God, He will make a way to give victory. He will do miracles and help the leader and His people go through chaos and into His peace. 

The question is, will we step up and lead through chaos? 

Every miracle starts with a problem and so with all the problems that we are facing, God has miracles He wants to do. He’s just looking for leaders to say yes.

So, when navigating chaos here are four questions we can ask ourselves to move forward in a way that God approves.

1st – Is it biblical?

When we’re deciding anything in our lives, we may ask, “Is it biblical?” When we obey what the Bible says, we can have success (see Joshua 1:8). Also when understanding a topic like women preachers, tithing, sexual purity, and more, we must see the theme of scripture throughout the whole Bible. 

When we understand this we’ll see the principles God lays out so we can access the entirety of scripture with proper understanding. 

This is so important because the word of God is infallible and when we base our lives on what’s biblical, we’re better, we’re safe and we’re balanced.

2nd – What did the early church do and say about it?

This is a great way to process information because the apostles were with Jesus personally and saw what He did and how He did it. Furthermore, how they believed and practiced their faith, was a direct result of being with Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit. 

We see this in the book of Acts and Paul’s epistles. 

These examples are a model for us and it shows us how they practiced their faith and the results that happened because of it. 

Now, we understand our amenities and resources are advanced to share the gospel and reach our world for Jesus. But, the foundation of our faith can be seen in how the early church did things and what they said about it. This helps us be balanced.

3rd – What does nature show us?

This is big because Romans 1:20 says, “creation reflects the Godhead and no one is without excuse.”

Meaning, nature reflects God in his ways and patterns. For example, nature shows us the plan of a family in reproduction, what you sow is what you reap, seasons come and go, and more. It reveals truths that govern our world and gives insight into our faith.

Nature is God’s will in motion. It’s doing what God told it to do. It’s functioning because God made it to. It exists because God made it. 

This truth has a part to play in being balanced in our faith. 

4th – What is our conscience saying?

God speaks through our conscience. We know what’s right and wrong and when we’re guilty of something, our conscience lets us know about it. 

This is good because God uses this to speak to us and to guide us in His ways. We must keep our conscience clean so we’re free to connect with God and reach for Him. When our conscience is not clean, we feel shame and we’re hindered to reach God. 

“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”

1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭19‬

This is bigger than we realize because when we drift away from God and ignore our conscience doing wrong, we’re in danger of our conscience being dark and confused going away from God.

“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.”

Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬

When our conscience is saying this is wrong and stop doing it etc, that’s the Lord reaching for us. When we respond to it, we’re empowered to be on the balance beam with fruitful faith.

So, be encouraged that God is with you as you lead through chaos! God is using you, people are looking to you and others will be reached through you! 

Have a great week as you lead through the chaos.


Pastor David Norris

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