Exodus 17:9 “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.”

One principle I saw from here is the principle of mentoring or fathering. Moses was actually preparing Joshua as his successor. Moses knew he will burn out if he has to do everything all by himself. Success without a successor is failure.

One of your responsibility as a leader is to locate the person or people who can help you succeed and mentor them. God gave Moses a rod as his tool for fulfilling his assignment but at this junction Moses needed a man with the sword.

Moses would have wearied himself out if he had decided to hold both the rod and the sword. He has this wisdom and quickly delegated the “sword mission” to Joshua.

A mentor is a trusted counselor or guide who comes alongside not to control, but to advice and to serve as a source of wisdom and counsel, gently guiding you through the obstacles so that you can fulfil destiny.

A protégée is one who has willingly submitted to a mentor. It takes a deliberate and conscious effort on the part of the protégée to be properly mentored.

In order to make progress in life and achieve exceptional success, there are two questions you must settle:

1. Who is my trainer?
2. What is my response to training?

If you don’t settle these two issues, you will not go far in life. I once read a commentary that says Moses was trained in Egypt in the art of war. Since he was to become the next Pharaoh, he was groomed as a warrior. Some ancient writings even said he fought some battles for Egypt. It was certain he knew about warfare strategies.

One thing is certain, Moses was skilled with the use of the rod and as such he could easily guide the man with the sword.

To be continued…

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