6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.s7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. – Joshua 1:6-7 (KJV)
The church may see the incident of Moses farewell address as a turning point. However, there is more to it than the final public address of Moses or Moses at the end of his days. We see Moses laying his hands on Joshua. We witness the transition in leadership from one generation to the next. That was what happened at that moment.
Joshua emerges as a leader. He had to follow in the footsteps of a man of God who would have no equal. He had to come up from the ranks to lead and rule the people, seeking to enter into the Promised Land.
Be strong and of a good courage…Only be thou strong and very courageous…
Those words of the Lord to the new leader should echo in the very souls of young, up and coming leaders in the church and in this world. God offers new leaders a directive; Be strong and of a good courage. He does not say for Joshua not to worry about things or to avoid dealing with matters that come up among his own people. He tells Joshua: Be strong and of a good courage.
Be strong and of a good courage…
Recall your initial entry into leadership. Think on what God shared with you through His Spirit before you held your first meeting or organized your signature event. Did it sound anything like Be strong and of a good courage? Just imagine if you were anticipating and expecting God to share with you before you started out in leadership. Imagine what His specific words to you might be on that day or night.
To truly ready yourself to lead, you need to ready yourself to listen to God. Hear from Him in order to lead His people. Listen to God, then lead His people.