Discernment can be a challenge for most folk, especially when it comes to making decisions or building relationships. However, it is not something for the faint of heart, and is a skill that is honed over time.
I recall when I first took on the role with ReachAcross a few years ago; and even in those early days when I war “learning the ropes”, I realised that discernment was going to play a big part in my responsibilities of being a leader, and growing into that as a person, not just professionally.
When looking at Scripture, there is a man by the name of Joshua who had to learn from arguably one of the greatest leaders of Israel’s history. However, he had to learn for years under the guidance and care of his superior, and often when the going was tough.
Yet time and time again, God reminded him, even after he took on the reigns of leadership:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Joshua 1:9
It is interesting to note that Joshua ended up passing on this encouragement as a leader, to his followers.
For us, as we grow deeper together, it’s worth remembering that discernment is learned, not taught.