In our last post, we considered the burdens of leadership by recalling the story of Joshua as he was appointed Israel's leader after the death of Moses. In this post, we look to the presence of God and the word of God as we carry the burdens of leadership for the long haul.
It's interesting to note that Joshua is not the first to feel weak and inadequate. When Moses encountered God at the burning bush, God told him to go to Pharaoh and say to him, “Let my people go!” But Moses says, “I am slow of speech and tongue...Please send somebody else...!” And the LORD's answer to both Moses and to Joshua is, “I will be with you.” And to Joshua in particular,
“5As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The presence of God, the God whose name is I AM, will be adequate. And so it is with us. The adequacy of God will be enough to cover all our shortcomings and failings.
And not only does the LORD promise his presence to Joshua, but the LORD has given his word to Joshua and to all the people.
“8Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
And the presence of the Lord and the word of the LORD to Joshua is not without effect but result in obedience.
10So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, 'Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.”
As you go about your work as a small group leader, do you enjoy the presence of God in the midst of your work? Do you let His word speak to your hearts and minds? Having enjoyed His presence and having been convinced of His promise that your efforts will succeed, do you live the life of obedience?