Taking Command

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 1:10-18

I’ve never liked pushy people who are quick to be the boss with the weight of their assumed authority. I need to see in them the maturity to earn my trust before I willingly follow. However, I know people who are wise, but seldom accomplish anything of significance. They are long on thinking and talking, but short on doing. I respect people of integrity who know who they are and where they are going. People who have earned respect and who can organize effective action are people I like to be with!

Joshua qualifies in both of these areas: integrity and action. The children of Israel had seen him in action for many years, watching him grow in his leadership skills under Moses’ guidance. Once Joshua was commissioned and commanded to obey God’s law, Joshua acted decisively. He took charge and began to organize God’s people to action. He told them where they were going and then instructed them on how to prepare. They were ready to follow.

Administration is not a glamorous task. When it is done well, no one notices it as they move forward; when it is not done well, everybody notices it while they are idle. If you want to be a responsible and effective leader, set a God-inspired direction and then do the work of preparing people adequately so they can follow.


Jesus, we want to be strong and courageous. Help us to lead wisely and effectively. Amen.