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Laying the Groundwork for the Next Leader

Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

~ Moses, speaking in [youversion]Deuteronomy 1:38[/youversion]

Before the beloved leader Moses passed off the scene, he made sure that he did one thing well. He prepared the soil of the people’s hearts for a coming transition in leadership. Moses knew well that “everything rises and falls on leadership” and so for Israel to thrive in the future, they would need to respond well to God’s chosen man.

Moses did three very important things for Joshua’s development here.

  • He personally encouraged him and approved of him.
  • He magnified his reputation in the eyes of the people who would be following him.
  • He recruited personal encouragers for Joshua in the future.

Perhaps you are the leader, perhaps you are the led. Either way, there are some lessons to learn from Moses’ encouragement of Joshua. Is there a leader you need to encourage today? Perhaps it’s your Sunday School teacher, your spouse, your boss, or someone else. Also, is there someone you need to lay the groundwork for? We are responsible for leaving our world to the next generation. Are we preparing them for leadership?

Ask the Lord to help you today to be an encourager to His leaders in your life. You may have a long distance call to make today to let one of your heroes know how much they mean to you.

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