Past, Present and Future
Lord, You are the God of tradition and innovation, the old and the new. Refresh my spirit now, I pray.
Read Joshua 1:1-9
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“The most underutilized source of spiritual power in our churches today is intercession for leaders” (C. Peter Wagner). We must never forget this important truth.
Moses’ death brings to an end Joshua’s training. Without his leader, friend and mentor beside him Joshua is on his own. God is there to guide him, however. How often we feel the loss of those we love, who speak into our lives and encourage us by their example, wisdom and maturity. Have you had mentors, advisors and spiritual guides who walk alongside you in your life’s struggles and ministry? Do you still have them? Would you know how to find them?
For Joshua, the training period is over and the real work of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land has now begun; but without confirmation of God’s help, presence and encouragement, he will not succeed. God’s divine assurance is vital for a new leader taking on such responsibilities. The training he has received as Moses’ deputy has equipped him with the practical skills of leadership, warfare, dispute mediation and organizing the 600,000 men and their families who left Egypt. Without reliance on God through a personal relationship of prayer and the regular study and application of his Word, however, such human abilities will not suffice. How do you feel when given a task beyond your previous experience and capabilities?
I once heard a Kenyan preacher say, “The greatness of a person is determined by the cause that they serve, and the price they are willing to pay to achieve it.” Joshua served the Lord of hosts. The challenge he faced was as broad as the boundaries of the Promised Land, as difficult as the battles he was about to fight, and as demanding as the people for whom he has responsibility. Still, with God’s help all things are possible.
How do you integrate the challenges you face with the resources God provides? Pray about finding a mentor, or becoming one for someone else.
Lord, I will face many challenges in the days ahead. Help me to use the resources You provide in order to meet them in ways that honor You.
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