“But the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the Lord promised.” – Deuteronomy 31:3 NLT
So spoke Moses in his final days of life. He had led the nation of Israel for forty years. He led them out of Egypt where they cowered under their slaver masters. He led them to Mt. Sinai where they cowered from God. He led them to the edge of the Promised Land where they cowered from the inhabitants. He led them through the wilderness where they repeatedly complained against God.
Over forty years, if there is one thing the nation Israel learned, it was that they could depend upon Moses. His leadership never wavered. His judgements could be trusted. His dependence upon God was the example to follow.
Yet, Moses was not going to lead them into the Promised Land: God was.
We know that Moses could not go into the Promised Land because he angered God. But here we see another reason why Moses could not go. The people needed to learn that it was God, not a man, that brought them here, and it would be God, not a man, that would give the land to them.
It is important to recognize and surrender to the spiritual authorities that God places in your life. He replaced Moses with Joshua, and Israel followed. You and I must also follow those that God puts over us in our walk with Him. However, we can never confuse our spiritual leaders with God Himself.
This means you and I must have our own faith. We cannot borrow it from someone else: a friend, a parent, or a pastor. A solid, God honoring faith will always lead you to place yourself under someone else’s spiritual authority. But if it is your own, your faith will not be shaken when God changes swaps out spiritual leaders in your life.