In the world but not of it

August 18, 2010

A good plan…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies…Joshua 2:1

The last time this happened things did not go so well.

The people were divided, scared and became indifferent over the matter of entering the land. Their report sent panic amongst the people…

“We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” Numbers 13:31-33

So now Joshua and the people are about to cross the Jordan and begin their journey to possess the land and take what the Lord has promised. His strategy this time still requires the gathering of information but this time he sends out spies secretly.

Many times those in leadership positions are criticized for their tactics and their approach to handling matters, driving a strategy, building and executing a plan. Their methods can seem unorthodox and unusual. Joshua knew that he had to gather intelligence but he also knew that if he publicized his strategy to send out the spies that the people’s reaction might be similar to the previous experience.

He was in a new position of leadership and wanted to honor God but also manage the people’s expectations correctly. This is what a leader does well. He or she knows that their allegiance is to the Lord first but that that they also have a responsibility to lead the people.

One of the most important ways to lead people is to manage their expectations, to minimize indifference and uncertainty, to communicate solid decision making and trust…

Joshua’s decision to send out spies “secretly” tells us that he knew what had to be done but that he also cared enough about the people to ensure that they did not panic, stumble or start questioning all over again…

Joshua demonstrated a well thought out approach and he executed on it (with God’s help)…

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