Reading: Deuteronomy 34: 9-12
Verse Nine: Now Joshua was filled with the Spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.
How would one ever follow Moses as the leader of the Israelites? His shoes were mighty big to fill. Moses actually talked face to face with God. He came down from the mountain and his face was aglow. Moses had turned water to blood, caused hail, and brought in frogs, flies, and locust. He had even orchestrated the passing of death over the Israelite homes. He had called down manna and quail from heaven. He had parted the sea and made water come from a rock. How in the world would one follow this guy?
Moses comes down the mountain one last time, knowing his life has drawn to a close. He comes to Joshua and passes the torch. Verse nine reads, “Now Joshua was filled with the Spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him”. Just as Moses was, Joshua has been chosen by God to lead His people. Moses has already addressed the people and established Joshua as his God-given successor. Moses spoke of God’s plans for the nation in the Promised Land with Joshua as their leader. Joshua has been empowered to lead and the people now look to him as their leader.
Joshua steps forward boldly not because of his own strength and abilities. He steps up not because Moses has passed the torch to him. Joshua steps up because God has chosen him and has filled him with the Spirit. All those miracles and signs and wonders during Moses’ leadership? They were 0% Moses and 100% God. It will be the same with Joshua. God will lead and guide them. Anything done or accomplished will be by God alone and in accordance with His will. Joshua is a man of deep faith and trust in God. This is his greatest strength.
Each and every day, Joshua will seek God’s guidance and direction. Each and every word and action will come through the lead of the Spirit. Joshua will lead fully trusting in the Lord. These things are what made Moses a great leader. They will make Joshua a great leader. They will also make us great leaders. In all we do and say and think, may we also strive to lead like Moses and Joshua, fully trusting in the Lord our God.