Cause & Effect

Jess and I are now half way through our tenth year of marriage, so we’ve decided to revisit our first year of wedded bliss by binge-watching what was one of our favourite TV shows.

Although it was already past 12, last night Jess and I decided to squeeze in one more episode of Scrubs before our eyes gave up the fight to keep our increasingly heavy eye lids from shutting down for the night.

But the off the cuff decision (which by the way, we don’t regret!) to prioritise Scrubs over sleep didn’t come without an effect, and right now I can barely see the keypad on my iPhone through the slits in my eyes!

The cause of comedy will have a definite effect on today’s productivity!

The universal law of cause and effect states that for every effect there is a definite cause. This is especially true when it comes to leadership. Good leadership will have a good effect on people’s lives, while bad leadership will cause a negative effect. No wonder God puts such an emphasis on the integrity and character of those who carry influence.

Whenever God wants to cause an effect in people’s lives He chooses a leader, so when it came to leading His people to inherit the promised land, God chose Joshua to guide them:

‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them’ – Joshua 1:6

Although it was God who ultimately led them, it was Joshua who caused the Israelites to inherit God’s promises. The effect of Joshua’s leadership was to help them inherit the good things God had for them. He caused them to overcome the giants that intimidated them, break through seemingly impenetrable boundaries, and step into the destiny the had been created for.

Just like Joshua, each of us have a certain degree of effect on the lives of those around us. The question is, what effect are we having on them? Do we cause people to inherit the promises of God and step into their God-given destiny or cause them to flounder?

God has give you great influence in the lives of those around you. Use it to cause them to inherit the good things God has for them!


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