Saturday, February 18, 2012

That's Weird

In Joshua 6, the Israelites are poised to conquer a city named Jericho. While they believed firmly in God's ability to bring them victory, the method that God chose to use was a little unorthodox. They were to march around the walls of the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day they were to march around it seven times with priests blowing trumpets, have everyone shout loudly, and the walls would fall down.

Nowhere in the text do I see that Joshua or the people questioned this. If God gave me directions similar to this I might have to reassess the strategy and prayerfully ask for clarity. This was going to make them look foolish in the eyes of their enemy and certainly was not written in  the Hebrew book of potential warfare maneuvers. The reaction of Joshua and the Israelites was instead one of obedience. They simply followed what God told them to do and trusted that He would produce what He promised. It's obvious that Joshua spent a lot of time with God and he knew that when God gave a command He would follow through as a result of His faithfulness and the people's obedience.

The challenge for us is to have that same level of trust in God's plan. We have to spend enough time with Him that we are able to see the direction He is sending us and trust that His way is better. As we do we will gratefully and obediently follow through on whatever God commands no matter how ridiculous it might appear to those around us. What seems to be absurd can actually be evidence of the power of God and our willingness to do whatever He asks.

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