“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

Every year is an uncharted and unknown sea. No ship has ever sailed this way before. The wisest of earth’s sons and daughters cannot tell us what we may encounter on this journey. Familiarity with the past may afford us a general idea of what we may expect, but just where the rocks lie hidden beneath the surface or when that tempestuous wind called “Euroclydon” may sweep down upon us suddenly, no one can say with certainty… Now more than at any other time in generations, the believer is in a position to go on the offensive. The world is lost on a wide sea, and Christians alone know the way to the desired haven. While things are going well, the world scorns you with your Bible and hymns, but now the world needs you desperately, and it needs that despised Bible, too. For in the Bible, and there only, is found the chart to tell us where we are going in this rough and unknown ocean. The day when Christians should meekly apologize is over—they can get the world’s attention not by trying to please, but by boldly declaring the truth of divine revelation. They can make themselves heard not by compromise, but by taking the affirmative and sturdily declaring, “This is what the Lord says…” Ask Him to guide you as you seek Him in His Word, and then to use you mightily as His servant.

Adapted from “Tozier on Christian Leadership”