Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 6 – Numbers 26-27

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Numbers 26-27. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word.

Leadership is an incredibly important aspect to any organization. Christian leadership expert and coach John C. Maxwell has several leadership laws he stresses. One of my favorites is his Law of the Lid. The Law of the Lid basically states that no organization will ever rise above its leadership. If the leadership grows the organization can grow. If the leadership stagnates the organization will stagnate. If the leadership struggles the organization will struggle. Constantly the organization will rise up to its leadership and hit what ever lid they have established. Leadership is probably one of the most important aspects of any organization.

Moses understood this. “Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” Numbers 27:15-18 NIV. Moses knew that if no one was in charge that the people would wander aimlessly as they moved into this new land.

God had in mind one man … Joshua. Joshua has been Moses right hand man since leaving Egypt. Joshua is the one who goes up on Mt. Sinai with Moses. Joshua is the first to hear the noise coming from the camp after the golden calf has been made. Joshua along with Caleb were the only two out of the twelve spies that believed God could deliver the Canaanites into their hands. Joshua has aided Moses greatly. The forty years in the wilderness had been a training course for Joshua to assume the leadership of the people once Moses died. What a perfect glimpse into God’s system of training up the next generation of leaders.

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