What Moses Teaches Us About Mentoring

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Moses and Joshua
Moses (right) and Joshua

3. At least two times, Moses helped Joshua adjust his perspective. At the start of the golden-calf incident, Joshua mistakenly called the noise “the sound of war in the camp” (Ex. 32:17). He was thinking in context of being an army general. But Moses, who had been on the mountain with God and held the stone tablets in his hand, discerned something else (v. 18). No doubt this was a benchmark learning experience for Joshua.

When the Spirit came on two unlikely people, Joshua asked Moses to stop them from prophesying (Num. 11:28). Moses gave the broader picture and said, “I wish that all God’s people were prophets” (v. 29). Moses was clearly demonstrating permission-giving leadership. Can you imagine the look on Joshua’s face at that moment? He learned that day that God may surprise us by the people He uses.

4. Joshua wanted to hang around the place where God had shown up. I absolutely love the statement in Exodus 33:11 that tells how even after Moses finished his encounters with the Lord, “Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.”  As a mentor, do you have a special place where you meet with God?

When I worked in Teen Challenge in my early days, David Wilkerson would take us to the chapel each day. He taught us to meet with God in prayer. It was a special place. We would often linger after David left. We wanted to capture the vision and passion that we saw at work in our brother.

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