Daily D – Deuteronomy 34:9
Joshua son of Nun was filled with the Spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
DEUTERONOMY 34:9 (CSB)
Numbers 27:18, 20 The LORD replied to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. . . . Confer some of your authority on him so that the entire Israelite community will obey him.”
When Moses understood that he was most definitely not leading Israel into the Promised Land, he asked God to provide a leader who would prevent them from living “like sheep without a shepherd,” (Numbers 27:15-17). God answered his prayer with Joshua.
Joshua was a known entity. He had been Moses’ assistant for many years. He was one of the two spies who said they could take the land when they first looked it over a generation before. He was the military leader who led the battle against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16).
Now in this season of transition, Joshua was elevated to leadership as Moses conferred his authority to him. “So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.”
Joshua was commissioned to lead with wisdom and authority. That wisdom and authority came from God and was exercised on behalf of God’s people.
Rush Limbaugh passed away recently. One of his most well-known tag lines was “talent on loan from God.” Your talent and mine are gifts from God to be exercised in service to others. We stand accountable to God for how we employ what he entrusts to us.
Will we live as God’s answer to someone’s prayer? Will we live up to the fulfillment of God’s dream for our lives?
Regardless of what has happened to this point, each of us can make a brand new start today. God’s mercies are new this morning and are ripe for the picking (Lamentations 3:22). Today is a good day to become what we might have been.
I will begin again more intelligently.
Our Father, a new day and a new week loom before us. Give us your grace for all that lies before us. Empower us with wisdom. Strengthen us to live in a manner that honors you and serves others.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”