Scripture Passage: Joshua 9:1-18
If They Murmured Against the Old Leader They Will Murmur Against the New Leader
The children of Israel constantly murmured against Moses and Aaron as they journeyed from Egypt to the land of Canaan. Anyone would have thought that under a new leadership the children of Israel would cease to be critical, but not so. When Joshua and the princes of the congregation made a league with the Gibeonites, the Bible says, “And all the congregation murmured against the princes.” They murmured against the past leaders now they were murmuring against the current leaders.
The lesson here is this; if they murmured against the old leader they will murmur against the new leader. A change in leadership will not necessarily change the attitude of the people. A group of whiners under the past leader will remain a group of whiners under the present leader. A wise leader will note those who troubled his predecessors, because they will trouble him.
Prayer: Father, show me how to handle criticism as a leader.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 10:1-26
Wise Leaders Know That It Is Possible to Win Without Fighting
When the kings on the other side of Jordan heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai they gathered themselves together to fight against Joshua and Israel. The Gibeonites on the other hand, tricked Joshua and Israel into making a league with them. The first group were destroyed but the lives of the Gibeonites were spared. Certainly, the Gibeonites were a wise people. They won the battle without fighting.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders know that it is possible to win without fighting. And they know how to win without ever having to fight. These leaders understand that not every battle must be fought especially when one lacks the ability to win. They know themselves and they know the opposition. Therefore, they know when they can fight and win and when they need to refrain from fighting and employ other means to achieve victory.
Prayer: Father, give me the wisdom to know how to win without fighting.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 9:1-19
Leaders Must Have Discernment
When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they decided to form a league with the children of Israel. They visited Joshua and lied that they had come from a far country. They showed Joshua their dry and mouldy bread claiming it had been fresh when they began their journey days before. Everything they said was a lie but because Joshua relied only on what his physical eyes could see and his physical ears hear, he made a grave mistake and entered into a league with them.
The lesson here is this; leaders must have discernment. Not everything is as it appears to be and so leaders require more than their physical eyes and ears when making decisions. A discerning leader is a wise leader and possesses good judgement.
Prayer: Father, give me discernment.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 7:1-12
Leaders Must Never Take Anything for Granted
Joshua had a total victory against the city of Jericho and he assumed it would be the same with Ai. Without asking God for a definite strategy to conquer the city, he sent out men based on the information he received from the spies. He took for granted that they would be victorious. He was wrong. Ai conquered Israel and a few men were killed. When he inquired from God, he learnt that God had abandoned Israel because of the sin of one man named Achan; hence Israel was defeated. If Joshua had asked God questions before the battle he would have learnt of Achan’s sin and the lives of those men who died needlessly would have been saved.
The lesson here is this; leaders must never take anything for granted. No two situations are ever the same. Leaders must therefore ask questions and never assume anything. Assumption can be dangerous.
Prayer: Father, help me to ask right questions.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 6:16-17
Good Leaders Honour Their Word
The two men sent by Joshua to spy the city of Jericho were aided by Rahab. She entered into an agreement with them that when Israel invaded Jericho, her life and the lives of her family members, would be spared. The spies were representing Joshua, their leader, who sent them. When they entered into this covenant with Rahab, it was on Joshua’s behalf. Joshua honoured that word. When Israel invaded Jericho, he said, “Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.”
The lesson here is this; good leaders honour their word. They honour the words that proceed from their mouths and they go a step further to honour the words spoken on their behalf. Those who have dealings with them trust them, and know that they can take their word at face value.
Prayer: Father, give me grace to honour my word.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 3:1; 6:12; 6:15
Leaders Begin Their Day Early
The Bible says concerning Joshua, “And Joshua rose early in the morning and they removed from Shittim.” It also says, “And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.” Finally, “And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day.”
The lesson here is this; leaders begin their day early. This is to ensure that they maximise their day and indeed many studies have tied success to waking up early. Leaders get up before it is dawn and before others are up to plan the activities for the day in solitude where they can focus without distraction. Jesus, the greatest leader that lived had a habit of getting up before day and going into a solitary place to pray. Those who love sleep are seldom productive.
Prayer: Father, give me grace to begin my day early.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-21
Wise Leaders Collaborate With the Unavoidable
It was unavoidable that Israel would invade the city of Jericho. It was also unavoidable that when Israel invaded the city of Jericho they would defeat it. Rahab knew this. She had heard stories of how the God of Israel dried up the Red Sea for Israel and how Israel defeated Sihon and Og, kings of the Amorites. Since it was unavoidable that Israel would invade and defeat Jericho, she decided not to fight them but collaborate with them. Hence, she entered into an agreement with Israel via the two spies and she and her entire household were saved. If the king of Jericho had done same he and his subjects would have been saved.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders collaborate with the unavoidable. If they can’t avoid it, and they can’t defeat it, then rather than be destroyed by it, wise leaders collaborate with it and negotiate a win-win situation.
Prayer: Father, give me wisdom to know when to fight and when to collaborate.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-21
Leaders Act Without Delay
After Rahab negotiated the deliverance of her entire household from the impending doom, the spies gave her a simple instruction as they departed. They said, “Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by.” The purpose was for easy identification of Rahab’s house when Israel invaded Jericho. Rahab wasted no time carrying out this instruction. The Bible says, “And she sent them away, and they departed; and she bound the scarlet line in the window.”
The lesson here is this; leaders act without delay. They do not procrastinate. Once they decide to do a thing they do it. They seldom leave until tomorrow what can be accomplished today. Leaders leave nothing for the last minute.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to take action without delay.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-13
Great Leaders are Great Negotiators
Rahab lodged the spies sent to view Jericho in her house and when the king asked her to bring them forth, she hid them and told the king that they had already departed from the city. Having spared their lives, she entered into a negotiation with them for the deliverance of her entire family. It was a win-win situation for all. She spared the lives of the spies and they in turn spared her life and the lives of her family members.
The lesson here is this; great leaders are also great negotiators. They know how to dialogue with the aim of reaching an agreement that will favour all parties concerned. This is exactly what Rahab did.
Prayer: Father, teach me to negotiate agreements that will favour all concerned.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-13
Leaders are Quick to See and Seize Opportunities
When Joshua sent two men to spy out the land of Jericho, they entered into the house of a harlot named Rahab and lodged there. When the king of Jericho asked her to bring forth the men she mislead him into thinking they had already departed and she hid both men in the roof of the house. This was a dangerous situation but Rahab saw in it an opportunity to negotiate with the spies the deliverance of her entire family and she seized it. When the children of Israel returned to destroy Jericho, Rahab and all that belonged to her were spared.
The lesson here is this; leaders are quick to see and seize opportunities. Where others see problems, leaders see opportunities, and when they see them they seize them. Rahab saw an opportunity when the spies lodged in her house and she seized it to the saving of her entire household.
Prayer: Father, help me to see and seize the opportunities in every situation.