Leadership Strategies(Leading Where We've Never Been Before) by F. Joe EllisWhen you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. Move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never beenthis way before. (Josh 3:3-4 NIV)
3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORDyour God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and goafter it.
4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure:come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore
. (Josh 3:3-4 KJV)
Many notable authors have said it in recent years that everything in life rises and falls onleadership. This is true in families, business, sports teams, corporations, governments,and yes even the church. Those who lead them usually determine their ultimate success or failure.From Genesis to Revelation, the word of God is very clear about the importance of leadership. One of the best examples of this in the scripture is revealed in Israel 's failureto enter the promise land shortly after their exodus from Egypt. Ten chosen leaders whohad been appointed by Moses allowed their uncertain future to gender fear and rebellion,instead of faith and trust in Gods divine purpose for their life. Their choice to not followthe leadership of Moses as directed by God was a terrible and costly mistake not only for them and their families, but also for the entire nation.Why were they so afraid? Was it the obvious walled cities and giants? Was it their ownself-perception as mere grasshoppers? Were they simply rebellious men, who wereconcerned only for themselves? While all of the above holds a measure of truth, let mesimplify the reason in one sentence. God was leading them to a place they had never been before!As cruel as Egypt was, it had been their home for many years. Not even miracles andvisible evidence could persuade them when their comfort zone became invaded by theunfamiliar. Trust in God and the man of God that led them there was now tested to thelimits. Nothing but total trust and obedience would activate their faith to the level thatwas needed to attain their promise. Even though it was a new and exciting day filled with promise and great blessing, an entire generation missed their divine purpose and calling because they would not follow God's leadership and trust HIM unconditionally for their future.