Check out this verse where God speaks to Joshua:
Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know I am with you as I was with Moses.
Self-promoted leadership requires that I know what the current whims of the people are, and then I cater to those special-interest whims. But people are fickle, so I have to be constantly reinventing myself. I have to wear the right mask for the right group. I have to become a slick politician, giving the right speech to the right special interest group, promising them what they want to hear. I have to pander for votes to stay in leadership.
God-promoted leadership requires that I have faith in God alone. No focus groups to find out what people want. No advisors whispering in my ear. No masks, no special interest speeches, no pandering for votes. God knows the hearts of the people, and if He has called me to be a leader, He will equip me to be His leader.
Joshua was a God-promoted leader. When he was on the eve of his first major campaign as the new leader of Israel, he gave just one speech: “Let’s get ready to go.” A self-promoting leader would have given one motivational speech to the priests, one pep talk to the generals, one persuasive speech to the troops, an encouraging speech to the stay-at-home moms, and possibly one more convincing speech to those who wanted to pursue an alternative strategy.
The results of God-promoted leadership?
- So the Israelites did just as Joshua commanded them (Joshua 4:8).
- That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life (Joshua 4:14).
Who’s your promoter?
My prayer is that I always allow God to be my promoter and that the Holy Spirit will convict me anytime I try to promote myself.