We’re 19 weeks into our study through Joshua so far. It’s been amazing. I was praying that by the end of our study, we’d have to split to 2 services. That happened before we got to Chapter 6! The book has been an amazing glimpse at what a strong leader and a united army can do as they take bold steps of faith together. Although Israel had its downfalls throughout the book (Ai & Gibeon), over all, they’ve remained united, dealt swiftly with sin, and trusted God for the impossible.
The book has been inspiring to the whole church on many levels, but it’s also been inspiring to me as a leader. Joshua was an amazing man of faith. His trust in God’s faithfulness and ability to provide and protect inspire me to greater faith as a leader. His flock was 1.5 million and mine is about 150, so what I do is on a bit of a smaller scale, but very practical nonetheless.
One thing that has stood out to me throughout our study thus far is that Joshua wasn’t arrogant, he was confident. There’s a big difference. Arrogance is pride, but Joshua’s confidence came from faith.
Joshua didn’t march into battle priding himself on what a great military leader he was (although he was an amazing leader), he marched into battle knowing that he served a great God! He didn’t trust in swords, but in his Savior. I think David’s words in Psalm 20 sum up Joshua’s M.O. quite well…
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” – Psalm 20:7
Although the enemy was huge and the odds seemed impossible, Joshua had confidence in the God of the impossible. That confidence enabled him to lead his people across the flooding Jordan River, around the walled city of Jericho, against armies with an innumerable number of soldiers, and even to pray that God would make the sun stand still in the sky.
Arrogance in yourself doesn’t pause the sun, but confidence in the Lord did. There’s a big difference.
We have to be careful to discern between arrogance and confidence in our own lives. As we march forward and encounter obstacles and enemies along the way, who and what are we trusting in? Are we marching forward because we’re good at what we do, a strong leader with great ideas, have a big budget or a big following, etc., or is it because of a mandate from the Lord?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
However, the reverse is true as well. If God is against us, it doesn’t matter who is for us!
1 Peter 5 says that “God opposes the proud.” Arrogance will turn God against you, but confidence in Him and His plan is the way to go.