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by Wendell Ward, adapted

Just before Moses died he laid his hands on Joshua as the next leader of Israel. God approved. At Joshua's word, Israel would go out and come in (Numbers 27:15-23).

Every congregation needs good leadership and Joshua serves as a role model, serving as an example of what we should look for in leaders.

Joshua was a man of humility who was willing to serve. For forty years he served under Moses in the Wilderness, known as "Moses' helper, his servant" (Exodus 24:13; 33:11). Great leaders have no problem with serving others; indeed, it prepares them to lead.

Joshua was a man of faith who trusted in God. This quality stood out, when, despite the peer pressure he must have felt, Joshua confirmed his faith in God by his report of Canaan (Numbers 14:6-9).

Joshua was a man of God's word. He studied the Law "day and night" (Joshua 1:8). Joshua "left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses" (Joshua 11:15). At the end of his life, he encouraged Israel to heed God's word (Joshua 23:6, 14-16).

Joshua was a praying man. We find him praying for his people's failures following their defeat at Ai (Joshua 7:6-9). We see him praying in the midst of war as Israel routes the kings of the south (Joshua 10:9-14). If Joshua had not been a man of prayer, the aid of the Lord would not have been provided. When leaders need all the help they can get, they need to be men of prayer!

Joshua was a man who put God first. He cared not what others might do or think he would serve the Lord (Joshua 24:14-16)! His strong stand influenced others for good. These qualities made Joshua the strong leader that he was. We are not talking about supernatural qualities. Brethren, are we developing these qualities?

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