Scripture: Joshua 19
Observation: Joshua continues to allocate land to the final seven tribes. When finished, he received his own portion of the land and chose Timnath-serah, a town in the hill country of Ephraim.
Application: I loved being the line leader in elementary school. I was confident (ahem -- “bossy” -- ahem) and loved showing others the way (ahem -- “controlling” -- ahem). I gladly volunteered to stand at the front of the class and forge a clear path from recess to the lunchroom. I thought that’s what leadership was like: getting people from point A to point B quickly and efficiently and then receiving the glory for a job well done.
While it may have worked that way in kindergarten, real-life leadership is rarely quick or efficient. It can be arduous and painful and slow. Leaders do a lot of waiting as they encourage, challenge, equip, push forward, draw back, listen, love, fail, and succeed.
Often, the greatest tests of leadership come in the waiting.
We have a choice: we can either wait well – motivating ourselves and others, even when nothing seems to be going right – or we can succumb to the pressures of the unknown.
Joshua was a leader that waited well. He waited under Moses, learning from his success or and mentor about how to lead others. He waited until it was finally time to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. He waited as they began to conquer their enemies, facing setbacks along the way. He waited some more as they distributed all of the land they had gained. And, finally, after all of that waiting, all of that leading, all of that guiding, all of that directing and re-directing, Joshua received his reward.
“After all the land was divided among the tribes, the Israelites gave a piece of land to Joshua as his allocation.” (v. 49)
When we wait well, our reward is always waiting for us.
We wait well when we believe against all odds. We wait well when our faith is bigger than our fear. We wait well when we choose perseverance over pressure. We wait well when we know our God is with us and for us and won’t let anything get in the way of the ultimate purpose he has for us.
You know that thing you’re just tired of? The thing that brings you down and discourages you and lays a foundation for doubt in your heart? Offer it to God today. Ask him to help you wait well, to trust that there is a purpose in pushing through.
Your reward is waiting.
Prayer: God, Joshua is such a good example of a leader – firm, faithful, full of courage. I pray you’ll help me wait well, full of hope in who you are and the promises you have for me. Amen.