“The LORD replied, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him.'”
I always thought that the Lord just kind of looked out and selected Joshua to be the next leader. But, as I have been studying Exodus, I have realized the amount of training and shadowing that Joshua did to get to the place of being selected. I am under the impression that Moses was not surprised that Joshua was chosen. Joshua is first mentioned in the Scriptures commanding the army of Israel in the battle against Amalek. (Exodus 17) This is the battle where Aaron and Hur aided Moses in holding his hands high in worship to the Lord. When he held his arms up they were winning and when he dropped them down, they were losing. Israel ended up with a victory. Is that not a beautiful image of doing battle with our arms raised high in surrender to the living God?!?
The next time he was mentioned was when Joshua appeared at Mount Sinai while Moses is going to get the 10 Commandments. Exodus 24:13 says, “So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.” I just wonder what would happen if we as a younger generation stopped trying to overstep those that are currently in authoritative positions? What if we stopped trying to skip steps of training and embraced our learning processes? I used this article by Kevin Berry titled “The Moses-Joshua Succession From Joshua 1:1-18” as a reference for this blog. (http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200902/200902_000_moses_joshua_succession.cfm) He says, After Joshua had developed and proven his character, been tested in various leadership positions, and experienced direct revelations of God (Keil and Delitzsch 1996) the Lord was ready to ordain him to even greater leadership.
Today, I want you to know that if you are feeling small and insignificant, if you are vying after a title, or if you just need to know that what you are doing right now in your ministry matters; stop and reflect on the life of Joshua. It took a process for him to be ready for His top leadership position. He ceased every opportunity that he was given, even if it appeared small. Joshua was not afraid to be a follower, and that is what made him such an amazing leader. I pray that we will all take in the moments of being mentored by others, work hard at the tasks at hand, and serve Jesus whole-heartedly in whatever He asks us to do. It is all about Him anyways.
Here are some pictures of my four mentors in life!
My Mom, Jackie, Deborah, & Debbie!