“On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.”—Joshua 4:14
A dear friend of mine who is doing a great work for God told me that he was praying for God to “magnify him in the eyes of the people.” At first this sounded strange to me, until I recalled these words from Scripture. This is exactly what God did for Joshua. He revealed His servant as a fearless conqueror in whom the people could place their utmost trust.
If we hope to lead well, we must make this our prayer—that God would “magnify us in the eyes of the people.” But we must also be prepared for a radical challenge. What kind of person would God be willing to magnify before people? Only one ablaze with zeal for God’s holiness, who would stop at nothing to be like Jesus Christ.
Before you pray for success, pray for the spiritual condition necessary to endure it for the praise of others is the greatest test of a man’s character. James said, “be not many masters (leaders); knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation (we’ll be judged more harshly).”
The only reason God would magnify Joshua as a leader before the people was that Joshua could stand up to the tests of leadership. He was ready for the responsibility. Let’s desire great success, but let’s prepare our hearts and lives for all that comes with it as well.