FIVE leadership qualities from the life of Moses
February 12 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 10-12
Approximately two years has passed since the departure of the Israelites from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. There have been definite instances of frustration for Moses when the Israelites complained regarding lack of food (Num 11:1), cried out in despair (v. 2) and wept in anguish (v. 10), Moses vented his own frustration to God (v. 11-15). When God promised to provide meat for a whole month for over 600,000+ people, Moses was doubtful and expressed it to God as well (v. 21-22). This showed that Moses was very human, but we can see five wonderful leadership qualities from the life of Moses that all spiritual leaders should adopt in their lives as well.
- Moses was a man of prayer: When the people complained and cried out to Moses, we see that Moses takes this matter in prayer before God. “Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched” (Num 11:2). Also, when his sister Miriam was punished by God with leprosy, we see that Moses prayed for her. So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!” (Num 12:13).
- Moses invoked God’s presence with every move: In Num 10:35-36, we read that whenever the ark of God started a journey or stopped, Moses called upon God’s presence. So it was whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: "Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.” And when it rested, he said: “Return, O LORD, to the many thousands of Israel”.
- Moses was unselfish with his anointing: Due to the tremendous burden upon Moses, God decided to take the Spirit of anointing that was upon Moses and transfer this anointing upon the seventy elders of Israel (Num 11:16-17; 24-25). When Joshua was upset when two of the elders prophesied in the camp (vv. 26-28) and expressed it to Moses, Moses replies with words that show that he was truly unselfish with his anointing: Then Moses said to him (Joshua), “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” (v. 29).
- Moses was a very humble man: Check out the character report about Moses in Num 12:3: (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
- Moses was faithful in the work of God: This is what God had to testify about Moses, which is true: “Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house.”