One of the things I look forward to on the other side of eternity is meeting the men and women of the Bible. Individuals who were memorialized by God despite dysfunctional homes and relationships… unanswered prayers… unfulfilled dreams. Individuals rescued from lives of despair and hopelessness by God’s love. Joshua is one of these individuals.
Joshua was Moses right hand man in the wilderness. It was Joshua who accompanied Moses whenever Moses went to meet with Lord. Honorably serving not only the Lord but Moses also.
How did Joshua honorably serve Moses? He
- complied immediately and explicitly followed Moses’s instructions. Persevering until he accomplished what he had been assigned.
- was faithfully loyal in Moses’s absence.
- remained subordinate to Moses’s until Moses officially transferred authority to him.
Honoring those in authority can be challenging, especially corrupt and immoral individuals. Nevertheless, we are to honor those in authority, including parents (Ephesians 6:1-2), employers (Ephesians 6:5-7) and governmental leaders (Romans 13:1-7).
In return, the Lord promises to reward those who honor who He has placed in authority.
- “Things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:3)
- “Because all good deeds are gifted back from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:8)
- “Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.” (Romans 13:3)
Yes, honoring those in authority reap bountiful rewards. Just ask Joshua. Joshua, not Moses led the children of Israel into the land that had been promised to their forefathers. Why? Because he had a different spirit— a spirit of honor.
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Have a great day! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!