Chairman Of The Board

Posted on May 21 , 2014 in God's Word & Life Lessons

Chairman Of The Board

© By Brad L Hodges

Joshua 1:1-6 (NIV)

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

In the secular world of big corporations the transition from one CEO to another is a critical moment in a company’s history. A smooth transition is essential to maintain the confidence of investors, business partners, customer and employees, and provides the incoming CEO with a solid platform from which to move the company forward. A properly designed and executed succession plan is at the center of any successful transition.

Managing the CEO succession process is a board’s ultimate responsibility. A regularly reviewed and closely followed succession plan is essential to successfully exercise that responsibility. (source: Russell Reynolds Associates article “A Practical Guide to CEO Succession Planning” http://bit.ly/1qUJql2)

When a major corporate leadership position like the CEO changes it is essential the new Executive has the full backing of the Board of Directors and its Chairman of the Board. The new CEO needs to know he has the confidence of the corporations Chairman to lead the company forward.

But if the Chairman of the Board is God, it takes on a whole new meaning.

While in the world of manmade corporations, CEO’s and succession planning are all important, in the larger scheme of things God is in control of it all.

Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Isaiah 45:6-7 (ESV)
That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

In the account in Joshua 1:1-6 where Joshua was promoted to “CEO” after the death of Moses, it is very clear God had a solid succession plan in place. Joshua had been one of the twelve spies of Israel sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. (Numbers 13:1-16). As Moses’ apprentice, Joshua was a major figure in the events of the Exodus. He accompanied Moses part of the way when he ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. Other than Moses himself, Joshua was the only Israelite allowed by God to approach the mountain (Exodus 32:17).

The mission at hand for his new leadership role was not to guide a company into things like product development, competitive analysis, new market possibilities or strategic growth planning. It was to start and lead a new nation. And Joshua had the full confidence, backing and coaching of the Chairman of the Board.

If God can take a mere mortal like Joshua and promote him to develop and lead the new nation of Israel, do you think he is able to train, develop, guide and coach us in our own individual lives if we are abiding in him as our Chairman of the Board?

The purpose of the history lesson and admittedly rather epic analogy in this article is to dramatically illustrate that God is in control of all and it ranges from creating nations to creating a personal relationship with us on an individual basis.

Many times we fail to see the whole picture when it comes to God and we tend to compartmentalize what he does. Many see him strictly as The Chairman of the Board who only deals with the top tier of goings on in the world and cannot be bothered with the intimate details of one persons life.

A vivid example of the full scope of God’s power and involvement can be found here;

“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries – Matthew 10:29-31 The Message (MSG).

God may have promoted Joshua to CEO to lead the nation of Israel, but he also had a personal relationship with him; “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you,” he told the new leader.

Putting God in the right perspective is essential to having a personal relationship with him. Sure he is Chairman of the Board of all creation but he also knows the number of hairs on your head.

Have the confidence that you have the full backing and support of God in your life and it is his responsibility to manage it as long as you are abiding in him. Unlike a human Chairman of the Board God sees the infinite beginning and infinite end of everything. Trust in him fully to know what is best for you and to successfully exercise that responsibility.

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