Ask who the most consistently sound, highly respected and deeply influential leaders are that I have known or read about …and Joshua would be a very high and early draft choice on my list.
He lived 40 years as a slave in Egypt. He came out of captivity through the departed Red Sea to mount Sinai and up to the Promised Land. He was one of 12 spies sent into Canaan to asset the situation and report back to Moses and the people of Israel.
Only Joshua and Caleb reported that despite the many obstacles, God had promised this land to them, He would lead them to victory and give the land to them. Joshua tore his clothes when the people doubted and complained …and after God pronounced punishment, he lived 40 years in the wilderness with the Israelites under Moses’ leadership.
Joshua was then chosen to replace Moses and lead the Israelites across the Jordan River conquering Jericho and entering the Promised Land.
In Joshua 23 and 24 he is now 110 years old. The Israelites have settled in and were enjoying a season of rest from all their enemies.
Joshua called together all the elders, leaders, judges and officers of Israel. After addressing them he summoned all of Israel along with this group of leaders to meet at Shechem. There he gave his final address.
He provided historical perspective. He challenged. He warned. He presented a choice. He announced his choice. He told the Israelites that their words of reverence were cheap and didn’t mean anything. The Israelites were insistent that they would serve and follow God.
Joshua then got real upfront and personal. He provided some specific marching orders, he exposed and helped clean out compromise that contradicted their verbal commitment and he made a covenant.
Joshua’s final address to the Israelites is as applicable today to all of us who have a leadership role in our family, as it was back 3,250 years ago.
When it comes to leading our families, every man has a choice to make. In this summit that we will take a fresh look at on Friday, God through Joshua made it clear that our all-important Choice has historical context, it is logical, it comes with great promise and it is not one we can fool God on. Not then and not now.
I encourage you to invest some time reading and unpacking this story …and if you are in town, join us around the tables where friends meet and the discussions are always lively.
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This Week’s Key Verses
I gave you a land on which you had not labored and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant. Joshua 24:13
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.