And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. ~Exodus 17:9
Joshua is one of many inspiring Bible men. His very name means “Jehovah is salvation” and is the Hebrew name for Jesus. All we know about his background is that his father’s name was Nun and that he was of the tribe of Ephraim. The first mention of Joshua is in Exodus 17. He is mentioned four times. Let us see how Joshua modeled inspiring leadership.
We see the confidence.
Israel was caught off guard by a sneak attack from the rear by Amalek. Moses needed someone he could turn to immediately to go out to battle. Joshua was that man. Joshua instilled confidence because he was proven in the past. He was also proven in his person. Even though he was a young man compared to Moses, he demonstrated that he was reliable and ready. He was a “go to” man for the needs of the country. Inspiring leadership gives confidence to those above us and those below us. Be a leader and team member who instills confidence.
We see the competence.
Moses trusted Joshua in selecting the needed men to fight with Amalek. Inspiring leaders must be competent in knowing the followers and helpers who come alongside of them. He had to know the capability, strength, and submissiveness of the men who went to battle with him. Competence is not only being read up, but it is also spending enough time with the men to know where they can be most effective. Be a leader who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
We see the compliance.
“So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek.” Joshua was obedient. In fact, Joshua was unreservedly obedient. It is one thing to delegate effectively. It is another thing for those who follow to obey and carry out their orders. In spiritual leadership, a key factor in how much responsibility should be given to another person is his obedience. The failure to obey creates the risk of low-performing or non-performing attitudes among other followers. Of course, a man’s obedience to God and His Word is a priority in determining the level of obedience in which he will carry out his orders.
We see the conqueror.
Joshua discomfited Amalek with the sword. Joshua took the battle to Amalek and had a decisive advantage over him. His hand clave to the sword during the entire battle. He might have become weary, but he kept going until Amalek was discomfited. Joshua teaches us that in order to conquer, we must stay in the fight, not allow fatigue and weariness to slow us down, and be determined that we fight to win. Inspiring leaders have a winning attitude. They do not allow rough starts, setbacks, or unexpected situations to hinder them.
Be a Christian who inspires other through your confidence, through your competence, through your compliance, and in conquering. The biography of Joshua was that he consistently inspired others to do right and to do more.
Have an inspiring God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Isaiah 64-66