Who is in Charge?

Who’s in charge?

It was nearly 30 years ago that I felt a very strong leading toward full-time vocational ministry. I was comfortable where I was; great job, new home, wonderful family, but God was preparing me to do something bigger. He wanted me to leave it all and go to seminary. I remember thinking…okay Lord, give me a plan…I need details…lay it out for me. But that never happened. He wanted me to trust the Planner more than the plan. Eventually, my family and I took a big step of faith without knowing what was around the bend. God has been faithful to guide us every step of the way.

Joshua, the newly appointed leader of Israel, had a similar experience. The Israelites were camped at Gilgal when God appeared to Him. Joshua 5:13-15 says, When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told.

What do you do when God is calling you to do something big, different or new? Perhaps you are about to change careers, test a new product in the market, acquire a new company or relocate your business. All big stuff! How will you respond? Before acting, consider Joshua’s response. He fell on his face, worshipped and acknowledged the Lord as his Commander. He submitted to His leadership before asking for direction. In other words, he trusted the Planner before he got the plan. He submitted to the guide before getting guidance. The Lord (the Pre-incarnate Christ) declared Himself the Commander of Joshua’s Army. As a workplace leader, He is also your commander.  

Your workplace challenge is to trust the Lord with everything. Acknowledge His position as Leader even when you don’t know His plans. Focus more on the guide and less on the guidance. Trust His heart when you can’t see His hand. He will accomplish great things through you for His glory.