READ: Joshua 1:1-18
- Leadership transition is inevitable. Time marches on. Times change. Needs evolve. Opportunities arise. The leadership role becomes more and more critical as a congregation faces the future. After 40 years of listening to Moses and making their way through the desert, it was time to receive the land promised by God. After following Moses they were now going to have to follow Joshua. They (naively?) committed to do so, no matter what.
- Tod Bolsinger addresses it well in his book, Canoeing the Mountains. Lewis and Clark made their way west up the Missouri River. When they got to the headwaters, near what is now Brower’s Spring, Montana, they discovered it wasn’t a simple hike across a mountain to the headwaters of the Columbia River. In fact, it was hundreds of miles through the Rocky Mountains before they found a navigable river which would take them to the Columbia.
- Joshua was leading Israel into unknown territory. They no longer had Moses. But they did have God. And that should never be forgotten. Repeatedly God reminded Joshua and Israel that He would be with them. He would not forsake them. He would lead them. In other words, it was never about Moses or Joshua; it was always about God. They were not transitioning from Him to someone else. They always had and always would have Him as their Ultimate Leader.
- Identify some of life’s situations where you have lost sight of God’s leadership.
- Why do you think it’s difficult to remain focused on Him?
- How can we enable others (maybe even ourselves) to live with more confidence in God’s leadership?
Thank God for His promise never to leave nor forsake us. Pray for a faithfulness that is beyond your imagination. Commit to being faithful even in the most difficult of situations.