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.


Be Strong and Courageous


“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9 NLT

The LORD talk to Joshua (because he will lead the people to claim the promise land) to “be strong and courageous”. Strong and courageous not because there is an enemy to overcome nor there are walls to be crushed and giants to be slain but because there is a command, a set of instructions from The Book that needed to be known by heart, doing everything written in it in order to succeed, conquer and live in the promised land.

We live at a time where these set of instructions are tested for its reliability, truthfulness and applicability. I believe that God is constantly reminding His people to be strong and courageous, adhering and carefully reading, studying and teaching the word of God in faithfulness and truthfulness because only by that we are assured of victory. We will not deviate from either right or left if we make the bible as the absolute source of authority. If all the preaching and teaching we hear and deliver came from our faithful study of the word of God through prayer and power of the Holy Spirit, we can fulfill the God intended purpose and eventually conquer and live to the promised land which the Lord promised to our ancestors.

Come to think of it:

GOD is not concerned on who the enemy is nor how powerful they are but on how you will obey and love His word because our success depend on it.

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.