“So the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp; they did the same for six days.”
Joshua 6:14— NASB
The plan of action would have sounded far out to anyone else. But Joshua, the head of the Israelite nation, was about to move into the Promised Land and take over. This land would be his, and his descendant’s forever.
There was a problem, though…Jericho was a heavily secured city.
So what did God ask Joshua and the Israelites to do that would sound far out to anyone else? Did He tell them to begin making swords? Did He instruct Joshua to sharpen blades or train young men for war?
No, God doesn’t require His people to do any of those things. By contrast, He issues a simple battle plan: Walk around the city walls with trumpets playing. There’s to be no talking—not even a whisper. On the seventh day, the army is to give a mighty shout of praise.
Joshua follows God’s orders, and on the seventh day, the walls fall. The Israelite nation enters and destroys everyone except for Rahab and her family. Wow! That was some action plan. Can you imagine the sight?
This was a new beginning for the Israelites. New beginnings sometimes involve us stepping out in faith. God asks us to walk in obedience, and as we do, sometimes it seems like nothing changes. Life seems to go on just as usual…
But don’t discount what God is doing in your life. Even if you can’t see it. Remember, he’s working for our good and His glory. What looks so impossible to you is no challenge for the Almighty God.
Dear Father, help me to walk in obedience. Others might think I’m silly or crazy for listening to You. But I believe You’re at work here. In the meantime, just like the Israelites, give me the grace and strength to keep waiting for your new beginnings in any area of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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