On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!
The Bible is full of miracles. Some are foretold and some are surprises. In Joshua 6:2-6, the Lord tells Joshua of a miracle that is going to occur. The impenetrable walls of Jericho are going to come crashing down and the city will be theirs. However, obedience of a couple simple requests was required.
The first request is to WALK.
*Walking is movement, but it’s a simple movement.
*Walking is not what we choose when we are in a rush.
*Walking is an option when we want to get from one location to another.
However, the Lord requests that Joshua, the priests, and the army walk in a circle once for six days and seven times on the seventh day. This means they aren’t walking to gain ground in the natural. Seems simple, but purposeless.
To be frank, this simple task also seems silly.
This shows us that obedience is hardly as simple as it seems when what is being requested seems silly to the point that it couldn’t possibly be effective.
The second request was to SHOUT.
But to shout of victory before the moment has occurred is bold. Under the circumstances, it’s not as simple as it seems. Shouting for everyone to hear feels not only silly, but scary. What if the wall doesn’t come crashing down?
SIMPLE, SILLY, SCARY
UNLESS, you are fully confident in the Lord.
Then obedience becomes quite simple. You simply just do it. You walk the last lap and shout when you are suppose to shout because the Lord said so. You don’t think about how it may seem to everyone else. You ignore your own reasoning and natural instincts.
Because, he has foretold a miracle to you and you don’t want to miss it.
I am currently experiencing a miracle unfold. A miracle foretold to me in my dreams, journals, and prayers. A miracle that required the simple obedience to just WAIT.
WAITING seemed silly to others.
But to me, WAITING made perfect sense. I had full confidence in the Lord and what he had been speaking to me in prayer and in scripture.
It’s not time for me to SHOUT yet. I’m not on that seventh lap. However, I’m definitely closer to walking that last lap then ever before. And when I’m done, you better believe I’ll be shouting LOUDLY!
To God be ALL the Glory,