So, I would like to take off from my last post on spiritual leadership. In my efforts to further understand Spiritual Leadership, I began to look in the Bible’s concordance. There was an area that referenced scriptures relating to positive leadership attributes. So there I went and it lead me to Joshua 1:6-9. However, for the purpose of really trying to understand this subject, I decided to study each verse separately.
As a back drop, the book of Joshua takes off after the death of Moses. Remember, the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. God heard their cry and sent Moses to Egypt to ask pharaoh to let His people go. The people of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness and were finally going into the promise land that God had promised to give them. However, with the death of Moses, God called on Joshua to lead His people into the promise land. The promise land was everything God said it would be, however, the land was already occupied. In order for Israel to take possession of the land, they would have to subdue its current inhabitants.
Joshua 1:6 – “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
To be a leader you have to be STRONG and COURAGEOUS. You can’t be shy, timid, unsure when tackling something. That is not to say that you may have moments where those feelings come up, but the key is not to let those feelings overtake you. It is in those moments we have to be STRONG and take COURAGE.
Someone who is strong, needs to have tough skin. They cannot become easily discouraged. Strength is not just physical but also mental. You don’t allow yourself to be ruled by your emotions.
Someone who has courage, can step out in faith even when it doesn’t make sense (according to God’s Word).
I believe that is why it says to be strong AND courageous. The two go hand-in-hand. You have to be strong (not care what others think; don’t be ruled by your feelings) and courageous (step forward, act, in the face of fear) to be a good leader.
There is so much in just that verse to meditate and dwell on. I for one definitely need to be stronger and courageous in so many areas of my life and not let my emotions, get the better of me. I know this was short, but I hope that it reached you wherever you’re at.
Be STRONG & COURAGEOUS!