Leadership refers to being in the position to guide a group of people. Leadership roles vary from a boss, captain, head, principle or superior. While some people are born with leadership skills, most individuals learn from a mentor. This process often begins as a teenager, continuing throughout life as you take the baton before its your turn to handoff to someone else. During the exodus out of Egypt, Joshua was waiting in the wings until replacing Moses as the leader of Israel.
He said, “No; rather I have come now as captain of the army of the Lord.” Then Joshua fell with his face toward the earth and bowed down, and said to him, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” – Joshua 5:14
The goal at hand in these days was to enter God’s promised land. The obstacle, facing a land of giants protected by a mighty wall surrounding Jericho. As captain of the army of the Lord, Joshua doesn’t exhibit an earthly style of leadership. Rather, Joshua is overwhelmed by the presence of God, falling prostrate to the ground, bowing on his knees. Perhaps, Joshua is uncertain, not sure what to do. Thus, Joshua seeks God’s counsel, eagerly waiting for direction.
The captain of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy (set apart to the Lord).” And Joshua did so, Joshua 5:15.
In the passage above, Joshua is merely modeling what Moses taught him. Back in Exodus 3, an angel of the Lord first appeared to Moses in a burning bush. Just Moses took off his sandals, obedient to the Word of the Lord, Joshua does the same, acknowledging this holy ground. According to Jesus, when you put God first by seeking after righteousness, Matthew 6:33-34, all these things will be given unto you. The testimony of Joshua is living proof as the walls of Jericho turned to rubble with the blast of seven trumpets in Joshua 6. Whatever you do in life, don’t forget to put God first.
by Jay Mankus