Today as we continue in the theme of work, let’s consider our calling. Let’s consider God’s purpose and God’s plan for our lives! He hasn’t called us to abandon us, He has called us to lead us, guide us, and direct our paths! He hasn’t called us because we are fully prepared, He has called us because we are willing to walk in obedience to Him! He does call the prepared, He prepares the called! As we start this day and consider our next step, let’s reflect on the start of today’s reading and what God speaks to Joshua…
1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
–from Joshua 1:1-9
Today’s reading calls us into leadership! I calls out the qualities of a good leader! I calls out strong leaders! It’s important that as leaders we make sure that those who are about to follow us are prepared! It’s important to take the time to make sure we are ready! God doesn’t just want to touch you, but He also wants to work in those He has set you over to lead! We see all this in Joshua when we read:
1Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2At the end of three days the officers went through the camp 3and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. 4Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” 5Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
— from Joshua 3:1-5
He got them to prepare their stuff!
11“Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”
–from Joshua 1
He got them to prepare their hearts!
5Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
–from Joshua 3:5
He got the focus to be on God as they were preparing!
6And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.
–from Joshua 3:6
So to be successful we need to grab a hold of these key concepts…
- We need to be purified before God! We need to put our full dependence on God for success! Sin can prevent us from hearing God’s voice, so we need to make an ongoing practice of repenting of sin and getting our teams to do the same!
- We need to put our hope and trust in God! We need to keep our eyes focused on Him as our ultimate leader! Just as Peter was able to walk on water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, we need to keep our eyes on God so that we can move forward in humility and following after Him! We see how Joshua did this by getting the Ark to go first and having the people be on watch for it. It was a visual cue for the people to be focusing their minds and hearts on God! We need to lead by example! If we set God as our leader, the people following us will follow our lead!
If we will make choices to align and follow after God, God will promise to do a great work in us, just as He did and He promised Joshua.
7The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
–from Joshua 3:7
Are you a strong leader? Do you want to be a strong leader? Do you know what qualities we can take from today’s reading that will help us become all that God desires for us to become? Here are 5…
- Lead by example! Don’t ask others to do anything that you have not already done!
- Hold the team accountable for their choices! Just as Joshua called the people to purify themselves before God because getting right with God and repenting for the sins in or thru our lives help free us from the footholds and roots of the past
- Start the day, the process, the plan with God! Before you go and make a plan, put your trust in God and start it with Him and His wisdom!
- Obey God! Be humble and receive God’s instruction and wisdom! Receive it as truth and follow it out of obedience!
- Know God! Spend time in His Word so that you know Him and His truth! Value God’s way over the way of man! It’s not about opinion, it is about truth! God’s clear! Is it in alignment to God or not? It’s not about us swaying to the opinion of man, but rather walking in alignment and obedience to God!
Today’s reading closes in Proverbs with …
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
–from Proverbs 3:5-6