Acts 27: 25 “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
There are times when someone has to stand up and say “I have heard from God. Don’t give up. We will come through this.” It is courageous leadership.
Anyone can lead when all is well.
But when the ship is sinking and everything has been thrown overboard, when all hope is lost and everyone around is afraid, that is when courageous leadership rises above all others.
When do people need a leader the most? It is in times of uncertainty.
When is it the most difficult to lead people? It is in times of uncertainty.
On the morning of 11/09/01 Rudy Giuliani was facing failure on all levels. He had cancer; he had committed adultery; he was a mayor with a divided city of New York. But by the end of that day he was calming a frightened and anxious nation. He had truly stepped into courageous leadership.
What happens when people are uncertain? They look for security. They reach out for hope. They also do nothing, they freeze.
What do courageous leaders do? They give everything. Giuliani that evening read the words of Churchill: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
Leaders give hope to others. The day after the event Giuliani said, “We’re going to come out of this stronger, politically stronger, and economically stronger.”
Leaders show courage to others. Courage is being afraid, but then doing what you have to do anyway. He said, “We will strive to save as many people as possible and send the message that we are stronger than any barbaric terrorists.”
Paul was a courageous leader. See how in this one verse today:
- He commanded courage
- He revealed the weakness of man and the power of God.
- He made his choice who to trust.
- He had been with God.
- He was carrying a promise of destiny.
Are you following a courageous leader in times of uncertainty, are you one?