The Leader (Joshua)

The Leader (Joshua)

“Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel, “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.””
Joshua 1:10-11

After the LORD spoke to Joshua, he then relay these charge to the officers of Israel. I think a couple of lessons here needed to be observe.

1. A leader must hear from the LORD.

A leader received a word or instructions from the Lord then pass it on to those under him. You can’t really give something that you didn’t received. You can’t teach or instruct someone lessons you yourself didn’t learn. You must learn something from the Word before giving it to others or else your are just like handing them over some can goods or instant food type (message from the internet or from other people).

A personal devotion, prayer and study of the bible are vital to a leader’s life in receiving fresh revelation from God, a revelation that will benefits people’s life around him by giving them clear and specific instruction based on the word of LORD himself. 

2. A leader relay a clear and specific instructions

Joshua’s order includes preparation and planning, time frame, purpose, goals and vision.

a. Preparation and Planning “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready”

b. Time Frame “Three days”

c. Purpose “take possession of the land the”

d. Goals and Vision “the Lord your God is giving you”

these points are explained more in the proceeding verses.
Come to think of it:

If we can only learn to listen and know God’s character and attributes through His given word, we can have a clear vision, exceeding hope and determined purpose for our life. All for his glory alone.

A Lifetime Promise

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5

This is a solid rock promised by the LORD himself to Joshua. The assurance that as long as He’s on his side, no one will be able to stand or defeat him. Remember that Joshua is on a mission to divide and conquer the land of Canaan, with him are people who has no weapon and experience in fighting. This may be an impossible task for him but the best thing is God is with them.

We may find our self in a situation not favorable and think that failure is inevitable (that may be true if God taken out on the equation), but if you put God in the equation and realized that He is a God that never fail, I believe it will totally change the outcome. In this journey called life, we will have trouble (John 16:33), we will be hard pressed on every side, yet will not crushed; we will be perplexed but will not despair, persecuted, but will never forsaken; struck down, but will not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Come to think of it,  in the end, through His abundant grace and mercy we will conquer and prevail because the God of Moses, the God who never fail, the God who never abandon, is definitely on our side. Have a blessed day.