During my darker seasons of leadership, Micah 7:8 serves as a source of sustaining hope. As we explore the truth in this verse, I pray God gives you encouragement to lead with hope in darkness.

God has given me some great leadership highs over the years, but I have also experienced some significant lows. These seasons have been marked by discouragement, disillusionment and even perhaps some depression. Sometimes these dark nights of my leadership soul are the result of some breakdown in my ministry, whether circumstantial or self-inflicted. Other times, I can’t pinpoint the source of the darkness, but I experience it nonetheless.

I know I am not alone – perhaps you are in a dark season right now. But even if you aren’t, this truth is still for you. It’s best to prepare for the inevitable darkness while still in the light.

So, whether for encouragement today or tomorrow, let’s turn to scripture:

Micah 7:8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

It’s a reality of leadership that all of us experience seasons of darkness in business, ministry, finances and family. Even world-class leaders fail and fall from time to time.

When we find ourselves in the midst of this inevitable darkness, we cannot merely wait for the light; we must learn to rise with hope. We don’t look to strategies or circumstances for this hope, but to the source itself: Christ. He reminds us that God always has the last word, that the darkness of death and burial precede resurrection light. Hope rooted in circumstances is a fleeting illusion; hope rooted in Christ is a certain reality. When you have the internal, blazing light of Hope that comes from God, the darkness around you cannot prevail against you.

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Our people need us to be the type of leaders who can rise in hope out of darkness. We must rise inwardly with new hope before we can lift our ministry out of darkness with new vision. And, perhaps more importantly, we model decisive hope for our people, teaching them to used Micah 7:8 to rise from their personal darkness.