Wayne Gretzky once said, “Skate to where you think the puck is going to be.”
Gretzky’s often referred to as the greatest hockey player of all time. He had an innate gift to see where the puck was going before it got there. To predict its destination. And then he’d skate to it. And often score.
The greatest leaders in Biblical times had a similar gift as well. To sense where the culture was going. To read the signs of the times and prepare for them.
For example, the men of Issachar were considered extraordinary by God because they were able to read the signs of the times (1 Chron. 12:32). They sensed what was shaping, forming, and molding the culture in which they were living. And how to respond.
Why is this important? Because without a vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). It’s why great leaders skate to where they think the puck is going to be.
It’s a message to spiritual leaders everywhere to be still before God. Pray. Ask God for glimpses into the future. Where he is moving.
And then go there. Skate to the puck. Wisely prepare yourself and your followers to meet culture - as it continues to degrade - with God’s faithfulness and power.
It’s what great leaders do.
Both in Biblical times and today.