Encouragement For Leaders (3)
By Janice S Ramkissoon
05th April 2012
Obedience is the key
How did Joshua remain victorious throughout his reign so that he could end with a powerful statement, “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord”?
God encouraged Him, “I promise you what I promised Moses…I will not fail you or abandon you…Be strong and courageous, for you will lead my people to possess all the land I swore to give their ancestors…Be strong and very courageous…”
This encouragement came straight after God gave Joshua a task: “Now that my servant Moses is dead, you must lead my people across the Jordan River into the Land I am giving them.”
After giving Joshua the task God then told him what to do in order to be successful: “Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them and you will be successful in everything you do. Study this book of the law continually.”
Therefore, Joshua found success by being obedient. It takes courage to be obedient to God’s voice. ‘Trust and obey’ comes to mind at this time. We can often say with our mouths this phrase without realising what we are saying. Trusting Him means that we will be obedient to all that He says, while allowing Him to work through us. So if we are trusting Him to come through for us we also need to be obedient to His command. ‘Trust and Obedience works hand in hand.
Sometimes God brings in a new leader in order to do a new thing and if that leader should conform to his/her predecessor’s structure, without God’s approval, he or she may find that what worked for their predecessor may not work for them. God remains the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow but He uses different methods all the time. He created us in His image but He also made us individually unique. Therefore, what works for one leader may not work for another. We each have something unique to bring to our ministries, whether parenting, shepherding or teaching. It is no different within the workplace, as a manager you have something different from your predecessor to offer to your company.
As a follower of Christ, God promised that He will be with you wherever you go—He will never leave you nor forsake you. Part of that promise is being fulfilled through the helpers He provides for you. So do not try to do it alone. Delegate the work to team members and follow the example set for you. As God encouraged Joshua, encourage your team members also. As God instructed Joshua, He leaves a pattern for you to follow. Follow His example. Give your team members specific tasks and let them know exactly what is expected of them. Teach them how to honour God and study the bible so they will know how to operate in God’s will. If they fall, encourage them to get back on track. Don’t leave them to die or to contaminate the rest of the team. It is your responsibility, as a leader to ensure that they are cared for, spiritually. Encourage them to move forward.
Unfortunately, there are times when your team of helpers may have one idea while you are hearing something totally different from God. At a time like this, it will take courage not to conform. Remain courageous and ensure that you do all that God commands you to do. If after doing all that God commands you to do, you are the only man left standing, God will rebuild. Sometimes, He has to chop the tree down to its stump in order for new growth to take place. Just keep the faith. For the God of the mountain is still God in the Valley. The God of the famine is God in the days of plenty. All you are required to do is trust Him and obey His word. “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” Obedience is the key!
“Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do. Study this book of the law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. I command you—Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go"
Joshua 1:7-9 (NIV).