SUP With Me: Words of Inspiration
God Appoints the Time & Equips You for the Position
In the book of Joshua 1: 1-2, Moses a servant of the Lord who led the Israelites out of the captivity of King Pharoah in pursuit of the promised land from God, died. Now a new leader was appointed to lead the Israelites. The Lord spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant and tells him that the time has come for him to lead His people, the Israelites, into the land in which He had given to them.
The Lord reassured Joshua that no one would be able to stand up against him for as long as he lived. The Lord told him that he would always be with him and would never leave him. He encouraged him to be “Strong and Courageous.” The Lord instructed Joshua to be careful to obey all the instructions Moses had given to him and to not deviate from them. The Lord made it clear that if Joshua was intentional about following His commands, then he would be successful in everything that he would do.
The Lord desired prosperity in Joshua as a Leader, but there were conditions in which this prosperity would come. Joshua 1:8 says, “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.”
As we reflect on all that has been written and expressed through the word of the Lord, we can see that His will is truly to prosper us in His appointed purpose for our lives, and that He is faithful to be with us from beginning to the end, leading us each step of the way. (More of this can be seen when you read the entirety of Joshua). It is easy for us to desire to succeed at all that we do, however we can not miss the truth that prosperity and success ONLY comes when we have followed the Lord’s plan and direction. It comes when we have submitted our heart to His word that we can lead according to His will and desire.
Wisdom, knowledge and understanding only comes from God, therefore if we do not study His word continually, we will not be equipped to handle the responsibility of Leadership in any manner it may be presented. Examples of this could be a Father leading his family, a Commander leading his or her troops, a teacher leading their students, or a Captain of a Basketball team leading their teammates. To lead successfully and prosper it requires first following God’s lead! When this is done, we will also lead with strength and courage knowing that we are not abandoned in our position, but in fact we are covered and supported by the Lord.
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