It made no sense. It made absolutely no sense whatsoever. I am no military strategist but I am pretty certain that marching around a city and then going home again only to return the next day and do it again is not the normal procedure for destroying the walls of a city and conquering your enemy. Yet this is exactly what God commanded the Israelites to do for six days around the City of Jericho.
I cannot help but wonder if I would have eagerly done God's bidding, waiting in anticipation for the moment the promised victory would come or would I have been mumbling about how stupid I thought this was or grousing about when were we ever going to fight?
I like to hope that I would be doing the latter but in all honesty... I couldn't tell you.
"The Plan" did not make any sense. The Israelites had come to defeat the enemy, not march in a parade and yet that is exactly what they seemed to be doing. I'm certain that after they got over their initial fear, their enemy thought they were crazy.
Then came the seventh day. This day was different. They got to do the same old same old an additional six times. In other words they did even more than what they'd already been doing before. Only this time... something happened. The wall fell and they conquered their enemy.
If you read the account in the sixth chapter of Joshua, you will discover that the Israelites did not pull down the wall, God did. The only thing they did was listen, obey and wait for God to do what He had said He would do.
Maybe it is that simple. Maybe instead of attempting to make things happen, we need to stop, listen, obey and trust. Then we will see what God will do.
[q]Maybe it is that simple. Maybe instead of attempting to make things happen, we need to stop, listen, obey and trust. Then we will see what God will do.[/q] I believe without a doubt it is that simple. Putting aside ourselves long enough to listen, obey, and trust is the hard part. That's why we need to do our part, as members of the body of Christ, to encourage and support each other. Great blog K, thank you.
Your brother in Christ,
I love to mumble about authority - moreso during my working days in public education. Now politics provides most of my mumbling opportunities. Good blog on trust and obedience to God. - bibleguy