By Kenny Tibbetts
Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests 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 trumpets. 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, everyone straight before him.” So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.” And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.” Joshua 6:1-7
- Do you suppose that daily marching was the best way to remove a wall?
- Can you imagine how the people of Israel must have felt performing these marches?
- Why do you think God had them do it in this way?
- Can you think of an example of a time when doing something God’s way yielded better results than doing it your own way?
Take a few moments to memorize Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Ask God to give you the faith it takes to do what seems impractical or inexpedient so that He may get the glory for what happens in your life. Pray for our church, that we would be a church committed to doing things God’s way rather than our own way.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 182