Just this morning I woke up sick as could be and found myself getting into the bath at 6 A.M. I’m a notorious (…and somewhat obsessive) bath-taker, and my typical routine involves watching a video or reading an article or reading on my kindle- using SOME sort of technology is the memo. But this morning, I opened up my heart and I prayed. I don’t know why, but I did. And I listed to the sound of water hitting water and felt my exfoliating poppy seed soap against my skin and I sat and I prayed. Then, when I got out of the bath, I felt called to read a specific chapter. A new book for me to delve into… Joshua. I don’t know why I felt called to read it at 6:30 AM on a Wednesday morning when I had class just a couple hours later, but, I did.
This is what happened. But first… some background info…
JOSHUA 1-5 Key Components
Today, I want to talk about not just what I read in Joshua 6, but how I read it. And of course, what we can learn from it. So, the book of Joshua starts off with the death of the absolutely amazing (if I do say so myself..) servant Moses. The word is written in a way that implies Joshua is the “new” Moses, and Joshua takes over most of his duties. Joshua highlights the commandments to the people and becomes a leader to them, assuring that this generation will obey and know the Lord well. Fast forward to Joshua 3, and Joshua is leading the people to the city of Jericho! He, with the priests who hold the ark of the covenant behind him, cross the Jordan river as God splits the waters from both sides so they can safely cross.
JOSHUA 6; The Fall of Jericho
So finally now that we know the context of the story, we have arrived at Joshua 6! AKA: The Fall of Jericho. This chapter begins immediately with the Lord speaking to Joshua, giving him instructions.
“You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you for six says. Seven priests then shall bear seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumperies. And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up.” Joshua 6:3-5 ESV
Let’s be totally honest here- these are pretty weird instructions… right? Joshua is trying to destroy a city, and God is telling him to march around the city walls for seven days in a row, then when they shout the walls will suddenly come crumbling down? Seems hard to believe, right? But what is Joshua’s response? …. nothing. He goes straight to the people to gather the 7 priests, the ram’s horns, and the covenant to prepare. Joshua replies nothing verbally to the Lord, but his actions simply say “yes.” And without hesitation, he proceeds.
Unconditional Faith = Unconditional Love
(How we Relate)
So they do this. They march around the city once each day for six days as God told Joshua to do. They blew their trumpets and carried the ark and they marched with the Lord in their hearts. What is so amazing about this is the cycle of absolute and unconditional FAITH! First, Joshua gets seemingly odd instructions from God but he has zero doubt and immediately obeys. Then when Joshua alerts his people, they immediately obey Joshua and have zero doubt over his commands! How awesome is this complete trust that has been given and taken then given once again? We should strive to have this trust in the Lord! We all have goals and aspirations, and sometimes when God tells us what to do through signs or through His words, we don’t understand why. However, what’s important to emphasize here is that we don’t have to understand what God is saying to us! Because if we know who God is, then we already know WHY He is guiding us in the way that He is! His intentions are always the same; He wants to do good works for us, and with trust in Him will come unconditional love, trust, forgiveness, salvation, purity, and joy!
On the seventh day, Joshua and the priests follow God’s instructions furthermore.
“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.” Joshua 6:20 ESV
God delivered His promise! With the great shout of the people the city walls came flat and God’s promise was kept true to Joshua. This relays me back to my title of this post; Trust Him to Know Him. Understanding how God’s intentions for us are bigger and better than we could ever imagine is how we will find that awesome and absolute trust in the Lord that Joshua has! We don’t need to understand why when we understand Him! We need to know his good works and fill ourselves up in His stories and with that will come unquestionable faith, unremarkable patience, absolute joy, and all of this with ZERO hesitation towards Him.
What to do now?
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