As church leaders, we face adversity every day. This adversity seems to come not just from Satan himself, but from a variety of sources. And whether we are dealing with people, circumstances, personal pain, work, or whatever, we all need to have some reassurance or confirmation that we are doing a good job.
Paul tells us that we are “called” to be leaders. Some people are called to be businessmen or health care professionals, but God has summoned us to be leaders in the church. That means we are called to serve Him in this capacity. If we are to serve the Lord as leaders and if we understand that God’s love for us is eternal, then that means He will always take care of us. He will always do what is best for us. As a church leader, none of us would put someone in a position to fail unless a life lesson was involved. The same is true of Jesus. When He allows us to go through hardships or failures, it is to help us grow.
Jesus promises He will look after us if we “remain in Him” (John 15:4). This doesn’t mean that we will never have issues again, but it does mean that whenever something comes our way, He will be in front of us, guiding us and allowing it to happen to us for His purposes. Either way, we have the best leader anyone could ever want.
So, the next time you are facing the discouragement of adversity, just start repeating this: “If God is for us, who is against us?”
“And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” -Romans 8:30-31