I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the old leadership proverb “you cannot lead where you have not been.” It seems to be a very true statement. If you want to lead someone through a mountain hike, you better know where you are going. But that statement doesn’t seem to fit with Scripture. Moses had never crossed the Red Sea. Joshua had never been to the promised land. David had never fought a giant. (a bear and a lion… but not a human giant… with a sword, spear, and shield that were all bigger than him) Mary had never been pregnant with the Savior of the world. (c’mon, she had never even had sex before!!) That statement just seems to have too many scriptural holes in it. Why? because it negates the role of God. Where God leads… he provides. So the saying just needs one more word: “You cannot lead where you have not been led.” God’s leading is all the experience you need:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.