The business environment is rapidly evolving, resulting in organizations constantly having to adapt to new changes at a quick pace. Given the rapid pace of the environment, and in order to remain competitive, organizations must identify ways to respond to change effectively. Organizations do not have time to pout about the changes; instead, they must have a mindset that sees opportunity in the unknown.
The story of Moses portrays a man of great courage when faced with much change and unknown. Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but first, he had to convince Pharaoh to release them. Moses was already insecure in his role as a leader, so I can only imagine the amount of fear and anxiety that washed over him each time he visited Pharaoh. But, never once did Moses not go. Eventually, when the Israelites were freed, Moses takes reigns as the leader. Moses was literally walking thousands of people away from Egypt, into a land full of unknowns. Moses knew that now, more than ever, he must remain faithful to the Lord’s promises. Moses was in constant communication with the Lord, and as necessary, ensured that the people of Israel understood the Lord’s promise. The Lord knew that the people of Israel were not ready to enter the promised land, so he broke their ‘change’ into small implementation phases. Lastly, through Moses, and then later Joshua, the Lord continued to monitor and evaluate the situation. When the Lord saw that their faith was growing weak, He would restore their hope by providing assurance that He had not forsaken them.
As professionals, we ought to have the same courage and faith as Moses. Organizations will always face uncertainties from external and internal environments; that is the nature of business. However, it has less to do with what kind of uncertainty one faces and more to do with the response to the change. Moses could have pouted about being presented with uncertainty at every turn; instead, Moses clung to the promises of the Lord, and in doing so, was able to reassure the Israelites. As professionals, our employees need us to remain courageous during times of uncertainty. This does not mean that the truth is hidden; instead, it means that leaders are transparent about the current situation. Real strength is shown when leaders can be transparent about a situation while momentously reminding others to hold on to hope that a new day is coming.
As the Israelites are preparing to enter the promised land, the Lord continues to remind Joshua to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, ESV). The Lord graciously walks us through each step, and never once forsakes us, even when there is uncertainty. In fact, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31, NIV). As believers, we can rely on the hope in Christ during the unknown and He will provide the strength we need to endure.
Organizations are going to be faced with a lot of unknowns, especially since business environments are rapidly evolving. Change can spark fear. We, as individuals, desire to live in our comfort zone, and we raise an eyebrow when we are asked to take a leap of faith. Taking a leap of faith challenges us to rely on our only source of certainty: Christ. As professionals, we must be willing to be transparent with our employees. This level of transparency reassures employees of the mission of the organization and that, even when faced with the unknown, there is still hope and the opportunity to keep moving forward.
Regardless of the change that is present in your life, I pray that you cling to the hope that the Lord provides: He is our rock and solid foundation; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Let’s embody the strength of Moses when facing challenges so that we can remain faithful in God’s promises. Our circumstances may constantly change, but we, as believers, can always find hope and assurance that the Lord is our solid rock and foundation.