Great courage comes from great conviction in the leader’s relationship with God. Read Isaiah 63:11-14.
Moses led Israel during one of Israel’s most difficult times. What was Moses’ key to success? Isaiah recalls that Moses received his courage from his convictions. Moses’ relationship with God came first. That relationship established a foundation for his convictions and finally from his convictions came his courage to lead others without compromise.
Conviction is more than simple belief; it is a firmly held belief. Conviction is something that is set deep in a leader’s spirit, something they believe in wholeheartedly. A leader’s every thought involves certainty and assurance about an area where a leader has conviction. Moses had a great relationship with God and great conviction that God loved the Israelites and had their best interests at heart. That conviction gave him courage to lead the Israelites even when they openly rebelled against his leadership and even God’s leadership.
Good leaders believe in their assignment; great leaders are convinced that God gave them their assignment. Their relationship with God is such that they will overcome any obstacle to please God with their service born out of love for Him. When a leader believes in something with all their heart they find the courage to complete the task.
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”