3 Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove[a] and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing. 2 Three days later the Israelite officers went through the camp, 3 giving these instructions to the people: “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them. 4 Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about half a mile[b] behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.”
5 Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”
6 In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river.” And so they started out and went ahead of the people.
7 The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses.
Attributes of a Leader
Point 1: Learn to Wait and Trust God
Joshua is a man who learned what it meant to WAIT, but he also learned that God is Faithful.
Leader who puts his Trust in God
Servant: Submits to the vision of God
Leader: Responsible for leading the people of God
Point 2: Listening to the Voice of God
Relationship: Joshua is in Relationship with God
Cultivated at the foundation of your relationship with God is communication. Your relationship with God reveals your humility to rely and listen to what God is saying IN the moment.
God is His Source. Joshua is the Resource.
Receptive: Joshua is receptive to the Word of God.
Our receptiveness to the word, will and plans of God places our personal perspectives aside, so we are recharged to execute the vision of God.
God's word will not return to Him void
Point 3: Confidence comes from God
Joshua receives his confidence from God because he will have to follow God for this miracle.
Spiritual journey: Crossing the Jordan River into Canaan is a spiritual transition.
Consecration: People prepare by being spiritually equipped to receive the promise.
Ark of the Covenant: God will go before you on your spiritual journey