I really like this term ‘God’s speed’. I suppose ‘like’ is a bit cliche. Perhaps ‘enthralled’ or ‘desiring’ to be in sync with God’s will at His speed. His speed, His timing might cause us to wait 400 years like the approximate time between the end of the Old Testament and beginning of the New with Christ’s coming. It might be 40 years like Moses spent in the wilderness before burning bush call. It could be 40 days as Jesus spent being tested and tempted. It could also happen in 4 nano seconds with the twinkling of an eye or the veracity of a lighting bolt. Like the Good Book says:
God is not bound by the forces which govern our physical world: Space, time and matter. Yet, He created them so He certainly understands them and relates to us by them.
From reading John Maxwell’s Bible study on Leadership day 30 days he writes:
“Waiting: The Act Most Leaders Hate
Habakkuk teaches us that leaders must learn to cherish the waiting time before they get their answers. In chapter one, the prophet is positioned to watch and see. In chapter two, he is positioned to stand and see. In chapter three, he is positioned to kneel and see.
God declares five “woes” to Habakkuk in the second chapter of his book, describing His intense dis- pleasure with His people. Yet if God is sovereign, reigning over everything, then why doesn’t He use His leader to bring about justice immediately? The answer appears to be this: While Habakkuk waited, God did a wonderful work in his heart. Before God leads the world, He first wants to lead His leaders. Habakkuk learned at least four lessons about God’s leadership in the world:
4 LIFE PRINCIPLES
Not everything that happens conforms to God’s will and wishes. (Man’s FREEWILL in creation is ‘The beautiful mess”)
Nothing that happens gets overlooked by God. (His OMNIPRESENCE is “His Understanding”)
Everything that happens will ultimately be addressed with justice. (God’s ultimate SOVEREIGNTY of “The Future Reckoning”)
Nothing that happens should distract us from continuing to respond faithfully. (Our response to God’s LOVE by FAITH is “Love in Action”)
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Here is the full chapter and verse from Habakkuk 2, if you want to read it:
I’ve always been intrigued by Luke’s phrase “and Jesus fixed his face for Jerusalem” (9:51). Others have translated this action as “resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Regardless of the translation, it is clear Jesus adopted a posture of focus on the mission and he calls business leaders to do the same. If we’re going to follow Jesus in this manner, let us consider three leadership principles from this passage:
Good leaders know the mission.
Throughout Luke 9, we see Jesus reveal significant aspects of his character and work to the followers. Although often misunderstood, the gospels paint a picture of Jesus as one with clear purpose and passion — that he pursued resolutely.
Good leaders pursue a purpose beyond themselves.
From the miracles to Simon Peter’s proclamation to the Apostles debate over greatness, Luke 9 weaves together several instances where Jesus could have easily decided to pursue his own greatness. In fact, it seems the disciples in their misunderstanding actually believed this to be His intent. In the end, Jesus knew his purpose was to pursue the will of the Father and only in His “leastness” would “greatness” be found (9:48).
Good leaders strive for goals that require the work of others.
Luke opens chapter nine with Jesus’ commissioning of the Twelve and follows with multiple instances of Jesus doing work requiring their participation. From managing the crowds (9:13-17) to conversation about His identity (9:18-27), the disciples were integral to Jesus’ mission.
So, the work of business leaders is to build culture and lead organizations that create value. In order to do these things, Jesus’ lessons from Luke 9 encourage us to (1) be clear on the mission, (2) make sure that the mission is more than our personal gain and (3) pursue goals big enough to require the work of others.
Dale Gauthreaux teaches leadership and organizational behavior at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business in Atlanta, Georgia.