Joshua – Deuteronomy 31:7-8

Another wonderful guest post, this time from Camille Bishop

mentoring new leaders

Deuteronomy 31:7-8
“Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be
strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that
the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in
possession of it. It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you;
he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

What a strong exhortation that Moses gave to Joshua to lead, reminding him
that God would never forsake him. It is interesting to look back at the
history of the relationship between Moses and Joshua to see the basis for
such a strong word. The first mention of Joshua is in Exodus 17 as he takes
orders to fight from Moses. Next we see that Joshua has become an assistant
to Moses, accompanying him up the mountain of God in Exodus 24. Then we see
Moses in the tent of meeting to meet with God. In fact, after Moses
finished meeting with God, Joshua stayed behind in the tent of meeting
(Exodus 33).

Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent to examine the promised land, and
only one of two who had to faith to take it. In Numbers 27, the Lord
instructs Moses to appoint Joshua as the new leader. Moses commissioned the
younger man in front of the entire congregation, laying hands on him and
passing on authority to lead. In the first chapter of Deuteronomy, God
tells Moses to encourage and strengthen Joshua.

Is it any wonder that Moses can speak to Joshua so directly in Deuteronomy
31? This mentoring relationship represented years of working together,
building trust, gaining experience, growing in God, and learning to lead.
What a wonderful example of the practical nature of mentoring others.

May the Lord help us as we walk step by step with those whom He has
entrusted to us to disciple and mentor.

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