I trust you are keeping safe and more importantly keeping Faith in this VUCA kind of season. You may wonder what VUCA means…
It’s a very apt way to describe the nature of the season we are in. Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity!
Anxiety and fear are usually by-products of these elements. However, for a believer we ought not to be bullied into fear and trepidation by VUCA seasons as we have it at the moment.
This will not be the first time VUCA seasons will show up in Scripture. As a matter of fact, I have no idea how the disciples navigated the period between when Jesus was crucified and when He showed up again after Resurrection for 40 days. Imagine you follow a man for 3.5 years, devote your entire life to Him, sell off your fishing business and literally go everywhere with this man. This man literally becomes your everything. He becomes your source of identity, livelihood and faith! Then out of nowhere, this man begins to talk about death! I’m sure perhaps now we empathise with the forwardness of Peter in “rebuking” Jesus in Matthew 16. The reason Peter reacted that way was because of the VUCA nature of the future he imagined without Jesus. Who will be to him, all Jesus had been to him?
Then even after Jesus had appeared to them for 40 days, teaching them things concerning the Kingdom, just before He ascended into glory… they asked again
Acts 1:6 NKJV
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
See here again, after receiving lectures concerning the Kingdom from the Resurrected Jesus for 40 Days, they were still asking questions, answer to which would give them hope and a sense of direction in the emerging world without The Jesus Christ they had come to rely so heavily on for everything! They were now going to be left “alone” with these vicious Pharisees and sinister Roman Rulership, and so they needed a sense of security and comfort from the answer to that question… but what did they get?
Hold that thought?
A young lady was visited by an Angel and she received a powerful message heralding the choice of God in making her the human carrier of the Savior of the World, she responds with the question that seeks to demystify VUCA so the information can be better processed within the channels of the mind and thereby give its equivalent measure of Comfort! The Angel responded with the same answer Jesus gave His disciples before His ascension.
Luke 1:34 NKJV
Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
We are in another season characterised by Volatility: A state of absolute flux, where anything could happen and cause a ripple effect across sectors and every sphere of human life.
Uncertainty; a state of lack of confidence in the way things will turn out, which makes people hoard more and become extremely conservative.
Complexity; a state where the multi-layered dimension of the problem we are faced cannot be fixed with a simple solution but a more multi-layered approach driven by near accurate analytics and projections, deep enough treasury and a robust human resource.
Ambiguity; a state where anything could mean anything or become anything. Where in one moment a phone could mean a device for communication and in another moment become your classroom, as students have been sent home to continue learning!
In moments like this, there are some all important pieces of information every single person seem to need so desperately!
What will happen in the future?
How will things pan out?
When will this end?
How does this affect me?
When will God restore to the world to its former peace? Just like the disciples asked Jesus…
In Acts 1:6 as earlier quoted, Jesus’ response almost sounds insensitive. Israel had been under the rule of the Roman empire for centuries and these were genuinely concerns from the soon to be change makers, seeking to have a sense of timing as to when things can normalise and Israel gain its independence. Jesus rather than give an answer to that, which may be comforting to the minds of the people, instead gave a promise that gives an assurance to the spirit!
Acts 1:8 NKJV
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus was not being insensitive, He was being effective! Sometimes people want you to appeal to their emotions and feelings without administering what they actually really need. Jesus doesn’t play on that turf. He gives you what you need, not what you want!
The Holy Spirit is the answer to any VUCA situation you find yourself. And what a joy to have such a Companion, Advocate, Counselor, Standby, Intercessor, Helper and Comforter like the Person of The Holy Spirit with us in the midst of this situation. The beautiful thing about Him is that He is the Communicator of The Future! He will show you things to come and position you right to take full advantage of the opportunities of the future!
John 16:13 NKJV
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
With Him in your corner, you are at peace and in absolute serenity, assured of His capacity to guide you into all truth and prepare you for the future He is taking you into.
There is such an advantage flight gives, that creeping things will never come to terms with. When you fly, you have the vantage advantage with your oversight and position. You are able to see where things are headed. You are able to make sound decisions based on what you already see in the horizon! That’s the advantage The Holy Spirit and I have been a beneficiary of His ability to show and guide us into the future!
So, here is a clarion call for you to align with The Holy Spirit, the power of the age to come and become One with Him! Even if like Mary, you don’t know how these things shall be or like the disciples, you have no clue as to how and when a VUCA era will cease… the ultimate answer is the same! The Holy Spirit!
It is such a Joy to have fellowship with The Spirit of God! He takes us up and helps us to SOAR! Ooh what a Joy!
I urge you to spend quality time praying in the spirit and seeking the face of God! He will show you things to come! That is an absolute unshakable promise He has no intention to let fall to the ground!
Glory to God forever!
God bless your heart.
Have a productive week ahead!