Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Read : Joshua 5:13-6:23
Thoughts from: Claire Strickland
After having wandered in the wilderness for years, Chapter 5 of Joshua opens with the children of Israel rededicating their lives to God through the act of circumcision. Then at last Joshua receives word from the Lord, instructing him how to capture the city of Jericho! There is only one problem- the plan seemingly made no sense. Walking around in circles was surely no way to destroy a city, in fact it would be a waste of time. There were undoubtedly many Israelites who were skeptical, some may have even questioned Joshua: Could this truly be God’s plan?
At this point, there would have been nothing to stop the Israelites from defying God’s instructions and mounting a full-scale attack on Jericho. However, if they had done so, they would have been met with failure and missed the opportunity to witness the power of God.
What sets this story apart from so many others in the Old Testament is this one reality: this time, the Israelites obeyed God. The result? The walls of Jericho fell down, the city was easily captured and everyone in it was destroyed, save Rahab and her family who were rewarded for her faithfulness in hiding the Israelites spies.
So no matter what part of this story you find yourself walking through at the moment, there is encouragement for you in these verses. If you have been wandering in the wilderness, then re-dedicate yourself to God and wait for Him to speak, if you have stepped out in faith and now feel like you are walking in circles, then stand firm, stay the course and watch the walls you face crumble, if you have risked much to advance God’s kingdom, then have faith that he will deliver you from harm and wait for Him to rescue you! (Jude 24-25).