January 13, 2011

Affirmation and Life Application from Scripture-The Right Place at the Right Time

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 (NIV) from BibleGateway

Affirmation-These words were spoken as part of God’s “pep talk” to Joshua shortly after Moses had passed away.  Joshua was stepping into a new role, being commissioned as the new leader of the Israelites.  The Lord was clearly seeking to give Joshua a basis for courage, promising His presence everywhere Joshua went, just as He now does for believers.  As I studied this part of the Bible, I was struck with a point that John Maxwell made in his leadership bible.  God has this funny way of putting the right person in the right spot at the right time.  Moses had been well suited for the Israelites’ journey through the desert.  He obviously wasn’t much of a navigator wandering around for 40 years, but he was a patient leader who dealt with a LOT of complaining.  Now on the cusp of the Promised Land, it was time for action, and Joshua was an accomplished, in-your-face military leader.  He probably wouldn’t have had the patience to lead Israel in earlier days, and Moses was not a military leader.  They both wound up leading during the time that maximized the gifts the Lord gave them.  So it can be with you, as the Lord leads you into the right position at the right time to utilize the gifts He gave you to help others and glorify Him.

Application-Seek to understand your gifts, your skill set that God equipped you with, and ask Him, if He hasn’t already, to lead you toward a situation where you can apply them to their full use, not for your glory but for His.

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