Do It Again Lord Part 1

My, Devotion to Him #229

Verse Passage: Joshua 6:1-5 “Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” – NIV

Joshua was born in Egypt as a slave and then chosen as the assistant and successor to Moses. That in itself is story to marvel at. Could you imagine for a moment all the miracles Joshua would have seen God perform during the Exodus. The Red Sea parting, manna falling from Heaven, water pouring from a rock just to name a few. Joshua had seen his fair share of God doing the seemingly impossible. 

But, just as time can prove God’s faithfulness, it can also put your faith to the test. Joshua had witnessed Moses’ obedience over and over again, but as he faced the daunting walls of Jericho, this time the obedience was up to him. 

Joshua was instructed by God to lead his people around the city for seven days. This meant he had to lay his head down six nights in a row with the realization that the walls he had been walking around still stood tall and strong. These walls might have been taking over his thoughts and dreams. These walls stood. They walked and walked and the walls stood. Why so many days? Why did they have to walk around? The heat could have been taking a toll. There are so many things he could’ve been thinking and that could have been happening. One thing we know these walls stood strong.

There aren’t many details recorded of what went through Joshua’s mind during those seven days, but what is recorded is his steadfast obedience. Surely he fought doubt, but with each day that passed Joshua continued to lead his people around a wall that showed no evidence of falling. He held onto his instructions that came from God.

Like Joshua, will you keep walking even though it doesn’t seem to be working? Will you keep believing that God is moving even when the wall isn’t? It is time that may be putting your faith to the test, but we need to not focus on what hasn’t happened but instead focus our whole self on what has happened. If you’ve seen God do it before, He can do it again. Obedience is our responsibility! The outcome is for God to handle.

God Bless

Copyright © 2020 by Jacob Olinger

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