Daily D – Joshua 4:14
Joshua 4:14 That day the Lord made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses. (NLT)
Leadership media could be stacked as high as the sky. Leaders worth following because of their deep and abiding walk with God are few and far between. Many are labeled godly leaders, but how does God show up in their lives like Moses, Joshua, David, Peter, and Paul?
A leadership crisis could have occurred when Moses climbed his last mountain and died. It did not happen because of what God says in Joshua 1:5:
“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.”
God said, “I will be with you.”
God said, “I will not fail you or abandon you.”
This is why God could repeatedly tell Joshua, “Be strong and courageous,” and expect Joshua to obey him by living with strength and courage. When God is with you, you can face anything and everything. King David put it this way:
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
If God is with you, what could make you afraid?
If God is with you, what could defeat you?
If God is with you, what can you not do that he tells you to do?
1. God loves you with everlasting love.
2. God is with you to the very end of the age and beyond.
3. God gives you strength and courage and commands you to exercise it at his direction.
4. God will never leave you, forsake you, or fail.
Therefore, you can live with strength and courage today bigger, faster, and stronger than anything you will face.
God-led and God-empowered leaders are distinctively different from leaders led by axioms based on the wisdom of our age. Live the difference. Live a life worth honoring.
I will live on mission with God in the strength and courage he provides and commands.
Our Father, it is amazing how little it takes to press fear into our souls. We so often feel like we are all alone against our problems. Thank you for reminding us again and again how much you love us, how you are with us, how strength and courage are your gifts for every circumstance we face, and how the one thing you cannot do is fail. Bless us with leaders worth honoring. Empower us to lead with courage and confidence in who you are and how you want to use us to bring your special future into being. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”