Joshua was the man who succeeded Moses as the leader of Israel. Though Moses had lead the Israelites out of Egypt and through the desert for 40 years, it was Joshua that God chose to lead His people into the Promised Land.
Joshua is known for his leadership skills and military prowess, but there is a lot we can glean from Joshua as worship leaders. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at four principles of worship that we find in the story of Joshua as he lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.
1. There Will Always Be Obstacles to Worship
Joshua and the Israelites had just wandered through the desert for 40 years, losing many along the way. This was, of course, God’s plan, but they must have felt exhausted, disjointed, and maybe even a little uncertain (even though God had provided for them every step of the way).
As they neared the end of their journey and the Promised Land was within sight, they encountered one final, seemingly insurmountable obstacle in their way: the Jordan River.
Now this river was nothing like some of the stuff I grew up with in North Carolina. Those rivers were mostly calm, slow moving, and easily navigated. The Jordan was a very wide river, with a rushing current.
This obstacle seemed impossible to overcome, but they didn’t wait for their obstacle to change or be moved. Joshua lead the people, by faith, across the Jordan.
This is relevant for us, even today. We encounter our own “Jordan Rivers” every day.
The list goes on. However, these obstacles shouldn’t keep us from worshiping God. Perseverance is from the Lord, and He has given us everything we need to overcome obstacles in the Holy Spirit.
That’s not to say depression is easy to overcome or that anxiety isn’t a big deal. It is to say that our God is bigger than all these things and more, and gives us the power, through His spirit, to overcome by faith.
Bottom line: Joshua overcame his obstacle by faith, setting the example for us in our worship of the Lord.