«Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. » (Deuteronomy 31:6).
These were Moses’s last words, just before the Israelites took possession of Canaan, as he transferred his leadership over to Joshua. His death was near; he was one hundred and twenty years old, and he had received the indication from God that he would not enter into the promised land. He was not angry or resentful. He transferred his leadership without selfishness. Joshua had accompanied him in war, the proclamation of the law, and in leading the people; now it was time to pass the torch to him. Your leadership will also be replaced on day. No one is indispensable. Prepare yourself for when the time comes to pass your responsibilities to someone else. If the great patriarch Moses could be replaced in his functions, anyone can be. God will always provide someone who will fulfill the responsibilities that are yours today.
Moses, perhaps sad for the news that he would not enter into Canaan, forgot about himself, and focused on the needs of the people. If as a leader you have had to go through some difficult times, review these promises: «Into the experience of all there come times of keen disappointment and utter discouragement—days when sorrow is the portion, and it is hard to believe that God is still the kind benefactor of His earthborn children; days when troubles harass the soul, till death seems preferable to life. It is then that many lose their hold on God and are brought into the slavery of doubt, the bondage of unbelief. Could we at such times discern with spiritual insight the meaning of God’s providences we should see angels seeking to save us from ourselves, striving to plant our feet upon a foundation more firm than the everlasting hills, and new faith, new life, would spring into being.»—Prophets and Kings, ch. 12, p. 161.
“In the darkest days, when appearances seem most forbidding, fear not. Have faith in God. He knows your need. He has all power. His infinite love and compassion never weary. Fear not that He will fail of fulfilling His promise. He is eternal truth. Never will He change the covenant He has made with those who love Him. And He will bestow upon His faithful servants the measure of efficiency that their need demands.”—Prophets and Kings, ch. 12, p. 164.
Pray for your leaders; one day you will have to bid them farewell.