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May 10 2024

Friday May 10

God Encourages His Leaders


Joshua 1:1-9

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying:

2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them--the children of Israel.

3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.

5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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. 

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."


For the past several days we have been looking at the history and background of Joshua and how God prepared him to be the leader that would follow the great Moses. Now as Joshua assumes this new awesome task of leadership, he must have had a great amount of fear and a lot of questions. His experiences with the people of Israel to this point has not always been a good one. They have complained, murmured, rebelled and refused to listen to Moses on many occasions.


For sure leaders need advice, but more than that they need encouragement! For the next several days we will be looking at these first nine verses of the Book of Joshua and see how God encouraged Joshua to overcome his fears and have the courage to take on this great task of leading God’s people to victory in the Promise Land.


When you feel like a midget taking the place of a giant, you appreciate all the encouragement God sends your way. "To encourage" literally means "to put heart into." As God's people today face the challenges that God gives us, we would do well to learn from the threefold encouragement found in this chapter.


First, in verses 1-2, we find out how God encouraged Joshua by giving him a commission! Leaders don't lead forever, even godly leaders like Moses. There comes a time in every ministry when God calls for a new beginning with a new generation and new leadership. Except for Joshua and Caleb, the old generation of Jews had perished during the nation's wanderings in the wilderness; and Joshua was commissioned to lead the new generation into a new challenge: entering and conquering the Promised Land. "God buries His workmen, but His work goes on."


It was God who had chosen Joshua, and everybody in Israel knew that he was their new leader. God commissioned Joshua to achieve three things: lead the people into the land, defeat the enemy, and claim the inheritance. God could have sent an angel to do this, but He chose to use a man and give him the power he needed to get the job done. As we have already seen, Joshua is a type of Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation (Heb. 2:10), who has won the victory and now shares His spiritual inheritance with us.


Every believer has a commission from God. Jesus told His disciples in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”  It is our calling and commission from God that gives us the confidence and courage to face the challenges of leadership in our homes, our churches, our vocations, and in our nation!


Be encouraged today and remember God has a special calling, purpose and plan for every believer!


God bless!

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