God can move you. One day, God will ordain and orchestrate you to move from this earthly embodiment into some spiritual sanctuary where we will worship one day. What you will leave behind will speak volumes about your earthly leadership, not your heaven-bound faith.
The Bible provides us with one significant example of God’s succession plan. It occurs as Israel is preparing to enter the Promised Land. God shares with Moses that he will see the land promised to God’s people, but he will not enter it himself. It is during this period of farewell and fanfare that Moses lays his hand upon Joshua and ignites the transition of leadership from the man who knew God face to face to the kid who had gone out to spy the Promised Land and came back with a good report along with Caleb
Can you imagine how Joshua felt as God Himself eulogized Moses as a prophet whom there would never be one like again? What must have been going through his head? What must have been on the people’s minds after their chorus of “Amen, Lord” at the funeral of Moses? What might they thought about anyone who had to fill those shoes? Would they always compare him to Moses? Would he ever get a chance to be the godly leader that he was destined to be or would he always live in the shadow of what Pastor Moses had done among the people?
Imagine the whirlwind of confusion and commentary that must have floated about the Israelite campground when Moses had laid his hands upon Joshua as His God-ordained successor. Picture the sentiments of this new generation of followers as they embarked on entering the Promised Land only to find out that Moses was on his way out and God had chosen Joshua to lead the people into the land beyond the Jordan River.
God moves on behalf of His chosen leaders. He aids them in their succession in following behind greatness. God moves to support individuals of His choosing to move from the shadows into the limelight. Be strong and of good courage. . .Joshua 1:6
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