Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 31
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 31:23b
Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the Children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you.
Twice Moses said the words of our key verse to Joshua. We need to speak words of encouragement to leaders…Happy birthday Moses! (verse 2). For a reluctant leader, you’ve done fairly well. Yes, You’ve had some failures, and for that reason you are not leading your people into the Promised Land. You were a war-time leader. The nations through which you led the former slaves were determined to destroy you, but with the help of God, you won many battles. Now it’s up to the new leader to win the war. Moses, you showed up on the Mount of Transfiguration to encourage Jesus as He faced death in the most decisive battle in human history (Matt 17:1-8). Thank you, Moses, for your faithfulness to God’s call.
It’s interesting to note the words “God said” and “Moses said.” Believing in the verbal inspiration of Scripture means that we have an accurate account. It’s good history. It doesn’t mean that Moses always, without fail, said and did all that God wanted him to say and do. After all, he was a human leader. Jesus always got it right. He’s the Leader we seek to follow (check out John 8:25-29).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Jesus, You ALWAYS said and did what pleased Your Father. Like Moses, I’m very human. I confess I made mistakes in my leadership. Because of these errors in judgement I’ve not entered into all of Your perfect plans for me and those I have led. I’ve asked forgiveness and You have granted it. Now I pray that You’ll guide and direct the new leadership, and please give me the grace to encourage them more and more. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I remember the old song, “Home On The Range.” Some of the words are, “…where seldom is heard a discouraging word.” I want so very much to be an encourager. The other day our CEO, Don Simmonds, received a very discouraging letter from a person who was at one time on staff. I love the one who wrote the letter, and she is a great example of God’s grace. Her letter was one which, if taken to heart, would’ve been most discouraging. It was very critical of Don’s leadership. I’ve received many such letters over the decades of leadership, and I’ve simply answered them like this: “Thank you for your input into my life and leadership. I am placing your letter before the Lord in my early morning prayer time.” I encouraged Don by reiterating my firm belief that God called him into leadership of Crossroads. Then Don said these words, approximately, that brought tears to my eyes. “As long as I’m confident of your full support, I’ll carry on.” I responded, “Be assured of my full support.” Our CEO is leading Crossroads in significant change. My son, Rev. Ron Mainse, who helps me daily with the technical side of this blog (and sometimes with content), is the Spiritual Director of Crossroads. He has participated in the process of making the decisions for change, and he is 100% in agreement with the changes. Check out the “Promised Land” of the future for Crossroads (click here).
Yours for encouraging God’s leaders,
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