Joshua is the kind of person that every leader would want to have by their side. He shared a relationship with Moses that no one ever had. This close relationship with Moses resulted in him having a similar relationship with God that he had.
Joshua’s story is woven throughout the Pentateuch, but his best-known stories are found in the Old Testament book that is titled after his name. Joshua was a loyal disciple of Moses and he was a great encouragement to his Mentor. He faithfully served as a spy in the land of Canaan, he served as a military leader who fought and won great battles and he became a great leader who ushered the nation of Israel into the Promised Land. Here are some key components of this man’s amazing life.
Background of Joshua
Joshua: The Faithful Disciple
Every mentor is doing an excellent job when they have a faithful disciple(s) at their side. Moses is no exception. In the earlier days of his life, Moses was given an enormous God sized task to accomplish. There is no question Moses could have never accomplished what he did without God being present in his life.
Moses needed loyal men and women around him to accomplish many of the tasks set before him. It is vital for any Spiritual leader to be surrounded by faithful and loyal people to both mentor and disciple. Moses had several… but none more loyal than Joshua. Joshua was Moses’ “go to guy”. If he needed something done and needed it done right and without any lip, Joshua was his man. We do not read anywhere that Joshua ever questioned Moses’ strategies, commands or leadership, no matter how outlandish they may have seemed at the time. He trusted Moses exclusively, because he knew God was with him and he was completely submitted to God.
In Exodus 17 Moses tells Joshua to assemble an army and go out and fight the Amalekites, Joshua didn’t look at Moses like he had a third arm growing out of his body… he says, “Yes sir!” When Moses tells Joshua to take some spies and check out the land of Canaan. He did as he was told and he was one of two men who came back with encouraging news about how he felt they could defeat the Canaanites.
Moses and Joshua had a special bond. Moses would take Joshua with him when he went to the tabernacle to worship God. In Exodus 24:13, Joshua goes up to the Mountain of the Lord with Moses. In 33:11, Joshua stays with Moses in the tent as the Lord speaks to him.
Overall, Joshua has a deep love and respect for Moses. In return Moses pours his life into this young man and he mentors him to become the next great leader of the nation of Israel and who would inherit the promise of God.
Joshua: The Faith-Filled Leader
Joshua was a loyal servant, assistant and successor to Moses. He was not just a loyal man to Moses, he was also a loyal and dependent leader of God. Joshua had to be both a faithful servant and a faith-filled man of God. Joshua was a busy man, he had a full plate both as a Spiritual leader and a military leader. As a result he had to make some pretty tough decisions regarding sin in Israel, and he faced challenges that required a faith that seemed extraordinary.
The four key distinctions that made Joshua a faith-filled leader.
There is so much more to the life of Joshua than I was unable to touch on. I look at his loyalty to both God and his mentor and I desire to be and to have a Joshua in my life. As followers of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we be men and women of our word, be people of faith, make tough calls when it comes to the glory of God and be men and women who are willing to pray big faith-filled prayers.
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Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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