Joshua was some leader! In chapter 8, he takes charge of a sobered Israel, tens of thousands of “men of valor,” to defeat the people of Ai– who’d just whooped them because of their sin. His strategy is brilliant, his ability to inspire stellar, his focus steeled on his Captain. Immediately after his masterful plan is successfully executed, he ‘celebrates’ by building an altar to the LORD “and they offered on it burnt offerings to the Lord and sacrificed peace offerings. And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law. And afterward he read all the words of the law. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel.” After a spectacular military victory, he takes no credit or glory for himself, but instead, leads his people to laud their God. He’s had the best of humble mentors, Moses, and it is clear God has captured his heart.
While Jesus didn’t lead military endeavors, He certainly led by example in battles of heart, thought, and broken bodies. He skillfully broke through barricades of doubt and suspicion, defeated strongholds of pride, bitter attitude, sin habits, disease, and though He did not win over those who chose to continue in unbelief, He always ministered and taught with wise, redemptive strategy. Humbly, perfectly, He never brought attention to Himself, but served His Father and His will wholeheartedly, for His glory. “ I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” (John17:4)
“March on, my soul, with might!” “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Judges 5:21; John 16:33
Captain of my soul, in any challenge, You are the Leader worthy to follow. You know my daily battles and the enemy’s wily plots. Guide me as Your soldier in strategy, priorities, bravery, and focus. As I follow You and execute Your plan, whomever I lead or influence, keep me worshiping Thee and holding out Your word of life. To You be all the glory.