Scripture Passage: Numbers 13 & Joshua 2
A Wise Leader Does Not Repeat the Mistake of His Predecessor
Moses sent out 12 spies to search the land of Canaan. On their return, the Bible says, “And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation.” Ten had a negative report which threw the congregation into chaos. Moses had failed to manage the situation well. He sent the spies out, they should have reported to him privately. After the death of Moses, Joshua became Israel’s leader. He sent out two spies, secretly, and the Bible says, “So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them.” Notice that Joshua sent them out secretly and on their return, they reported to him, privately. Obviously, Joshua had learnt from Moses’ mistake.
The lesson here is this; a wise leader does not repeat the mistake of his predecessor. If he does, he has learnt nothing from his predecessor’s mistake. Possibly because he was too critical of his predecessor’s mistake to learn anything from it. This is bad followership and results in bad leadership. A wise leader is never critical or judgemental of his predecessor. He learns in quietness and as such avoids making a similar mistake.
Prayer: Father, help me to learn in quietness to avoid making my predecessor’s mistakes.