The Joshua Leader: Stepping Out

“And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'” Joshua 3:8 ESV

I was writing this post last night when my phone crashed, but God very clearly had other plans, so here we go again!

I was struck by the simple truth that someone had to be the first person to step into the Jordan. It wasn’t the crowd who had to take the risk–it was the priests.

As a leader, you can expect to be the one to take that first step of faith into the work that God is wanting to do. Sometimes God leads us into those things gently, but sometimes He leads us in by storm. The greater the risk and uncertainty, the greater the need to throw yourself completely on God as you take that step. As a leader, you have a tremendous responsibility for the people behind you–your foolishness can cost their lives, but your cowardice and unbelief can keep them from taking possession of the land God wants to give them.

I believe God is raising up a generation of people who are willing to take God at His Word in a big way. If God is calling you to be a Joshua Leader in your generation, He has a vested interest in developing strong faith in you. However, that won’t come easily, and you can expect Him to confront your sense of safety, comfort, risk, and faith. No difficulty will be wasted, and He will use that to equip you for the future.

Look at your life now. Are there things that don’t make sense, where you’re asking God why? Are there things that seem impossible, where you’re asking God how? Take a moment to step back from the situation and look at the big picture. God is using this to mold you and prepare you for the future. All He asks is that you cooperate with His plans.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart!

For Christ and His bride…

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