Lessons from the book of Joshua
Joshua 3:7-13 – Need To Know Basis
What God said to Joshua and what Joshua said to the people were not exactly the same.
God told Him what to do about the river, God told him how He, God, was about to raise Joshua’s rep and God told him how this will prove that He was with Joshua.
But when Joshua communicated God’s word to the people, he left out the part that had to do with God lifting him up in the sight of the people. Why? That part of the communiqué was not needed by the people. God would do it and the people would know it and respect him but he didn’t need to tell them.
How many times do we have the opportunity to stand before God’s people to share God’s word and communicate God’s thoughts and plans for their lives and we go ahead to preach about ourselves? Not just sharing testimonies or drawing lessons from our experiences to buttress our message but actually showing ourselves to be something that the audience needs to admire.
Joshua’s example is clear, let God exalt you in the sight of the people while you focus on what the people actually need to live life as God wants them to.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. But set your mind to be right-minded, even as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.