READ: Joshua 1:1-18
- At the heart of this bold new future was a call to remember the past. Israel had been under the leadership of Moses for 40 years and now they were under the leadership of Joshua. Yet, in reality, they were really under God’s leadership the whole time. Even while they are anticipating the move into the Promised Land, they are being reminded that their foundation is the Law of the Lord. They had received the Torah (the law) from Moses and they were not leaving that behind.
- While the text repeatedly emphasizes that Joshua should be, “strong and courageous,” the greater command is, “the Law shall not depart from your mouth (your leadership is not really yours, it’s grounded in the word of God) and you should meditate upon it (don’t think you have it all figured out—keep learning).” No matter how deep the character of those who lead us, if they don’t know the word of God (the will and thinking of God), they can’t lead in the way of God.
- So, we concentrate on God’s word as we move forward. We evaluate our decisions against the wisdom taught by God’s word. We rely on God’s word for our purpose and our values. And while we may couch those ideas in contemporary words, they are always built upon the words revealed by God. We don’t go wrong following what God has said. Then, we can truly be strong and courageous because we know the foundation is secure and sure.
- Take a moment and pray for our church leaders: elders, staff and ministry leaders.
- Read the opening of Joshua as far as you are able (try to get to chapter 9) and ponder what Israel is doing.
- How much time are you spending developing wisdom from God’s word?
Pray for God to shape your personal values and Madison Park’s congregational values based upon His word. Pray for the leaders of Madison Park to be wise and godly. Commit yourself to listening to God’s leadership through our leaders.