PITFALL 3: DEALING WITH MEDIOCRITY-4
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” (GNT)
After the death of Moses, God came to have a dialogue with Joshua and the theme of the discourse is “COURAGE”. I doubt if the word courage appeared in any other chapter of the bible as it did in Joshua chapter 1.
God knew that Joshua will remain a mediocre and not make progress in life if he was not courageous. This applies to the children of Israel as well.
As bold and as anointed as Moses was, those folks kept him wondering in the wilderness for forty solid years. Since the time they heard the news of the giants they didn’t really make an appreciable progress, They were busy circling mountains.
God knew if Joshua will not end up spending another forty years in the wilderness, something must be “pumped” into him and that is courage. Remember what Caleb said:
Joshua 14:8 “Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt but I wholly followed the LORD my God.”
The reason why many people have chosen the average life is that somebody or something has made their hearts melt; totally drained of courage. You must pick up courage knowing that you can do it.
I love the man Joshua for his leadership style and courage. After God finished the courage discourse with him, he sent two spies into the Promised Land to go see and make sure that what Caleb and himself saw forty years earlier were still in place.
He sent just two men as against the twelve sent by Moses, he has learnt to work with men of vision and courage. He wasn’t ready to work with the ten that will melt the heart of the people.
After picking up courage, he moved into action and they crossed the river Jordan into the Promised Land in just three (3) days!
To be continued…
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