Moses had died, and the Israelites were nearing the end of their period of mourning for him. God selected Joshua to succeed Moses as the Hebrews’ leader.
I would have been hesitant to take on leadership of this mass of grumbling travelers. They had tested Moses’ patience many times. They had even tested God’s patience.
Maybe that is why three times in the first chapter of Joshua, God admonished Joshua to be strong and courageous (verses 6, 7, 9).
In addition to His exhortation to Joshua to be strong and courageous, God commanded him to keep the law that had been given to Moses. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left (Joshua 1:7).
Thirdly, God commanded, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
These were appropriate instructions to be given to a new leader. How blessed we would be if today’s leaders were strong and courageous; if they kept God’s law; and if they meditated day and night on the words of the Bible.
Each of us is a leader in some capacity. Whether we are parents, teachers, supervisors at work, or overseers of a county or district, we are to lead by word and example. As Christians in a leadership position, God will guide us and lead us to success if we allow Him to do so.