LGD 047: Wherever You Go

Little girl walking down a road in a dress - black and white

The Old Testament scriptures are rich with history and document the leadership transition from Moses to Joshua.

In the workplace, there are three types of leaders:

  1. Managers – those who manage people – mostly tactical execution
  2. Leaders – these individuals cast vision and guide people to see a better future
  3. Servant Leaders – leaders who guide by example with care and compassion, but can make bold decisions

If you lead others, what type of leader are you?

If you have a non-leadership role, what type of leader is your head?

Leadership involves courage, persistence, care, and compassion. Not every manager is a leader, but every leader is a manager.

When we think about servant leadership, we want somebody who will go to bat for us while still giving us the truth in love.

Today, we join the succession plan from Moses to Joshua just after Moses has been laid to rest.

The Lord tells Joshua,

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.”

Joshua 1:6

The Lord gives Joshua a vision for the future. He tells him that you have been hand-selected to lead my people to take them to the promised land.

Boom! Wouldn’t you love that assignment?!

It will be smooth sailing, right? Uh…no. You will have to defeat some bad guys along the way. Your fellow family members will still mess up and discipline is looming, but…

If you are strong and courageous, you will make it to the Promised Land. A land flowing with milk and honey. Sweet!

Over the next couple of verses, the Lord says to meditate on His words.

And then the Lord says,

‘This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

The Lord commissions Joshua for service. Go out and be the leader I know you can be.

Why?

Because God will be with you every step of the way. He is with you in the good times and the tough times. The Lord is your source of strength.

During these past few months, we have seen good days and many not so good days. However, the one constant is the Lord. He is with you wherever you go.

Today, ask God to show you a small glimpse of His walking beside you.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for walking with me. Thank you for commissioning me for service and commanding me to be strong and courageous. Give me peace as I lead, wisdom to make the right decisions, and compassion mixed with grace in the words that I speak. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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