“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. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 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 1:6-9 (NLT)
God speaks directly to Joshua as he assumes leadership of the Israelites just prior to entering the Promised Land. Maybe He is speaking to us, too.
3 times God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Strength and courage must be important for a leader.
God tells him to: 1. Obey the instructions, 2. Don’t stray from the instructions, 3. Study the instructions, 4. Mediate on the instructions. We can assume that the instructions (God’s Word) are central to success.
God had earlier said “You will be successful in everything you do.” He later qualifies that statement by saying, “Only then (IF you obey, don’t stray away from, study and meditate on the instructions) will you prosper and succeed in everything you do.” God makes the conditions of success very clear.
One final word to leader by God: “The Lord is with you wherever you go.”
Hey leaders, God has appointed us for this time and this season. Let’s lead people with courage, stay committed to God’s plan and give God glory for any success we enjoy.