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So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God,
and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
– 1 Peter 5:6 –
My Life Notes
Joshua was tasked with the mission of instructing the entire Jewish nation
to go in circles around fortified Jericho for 7 days.
It is one thing to find yourself in the spin cycle in the middle of the wilderness for 40 years,
but now God was asking Joshua and the entire nation of Israel
to go in circles around the enemy’s front door.
The very act of marching was designed to be an act of worship to God and God alone,
signified by the order to assign 7 priests to the sole duty of marching
just ahead of the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant and blowing on ram’s horns . .
while every man, woman and child kept themselves in absolute silence.
Day 1 – not a word spoken,
only the blowing of horns, no sign of God’s intervention, just one big lap around Jericho.
Days 2 through 6 – exactly the same.
By Day 7, the Israelites, especially Joshua,
were now realizing that while God’s greatest victories and breakthroughs
are often signaled by a reassuring Divine promise –
they also come tethered to one of God’s greatest tests . . trust.
can cause you to feel like you too are doing nothing more than going in circles.
but His tests are not the kind of tests that are designed to simply break us . .
but rather bring us into a time of pure worship . . the kind that brings us close
to the very God who is jealous for our whole heart.
On the surface, singing our song on the uphill side to victory
may seem like our life has been reduced to the senseless blaring of a ram’s horn,
but the melody of that reaches heaven and pleases our Father is one whose notes
are marked by uncompromising trust that has learned to lean on God alone.
The reward for pushing aside human wisdom and timing?
We get to experience His “right time” . . His mighty power . . His day of deliverance by His hand . .
and , we get to hear Him say, “Well done my servant, you have indeed passed . . your trust test”.
Father, help me today, no matter how big the challenge,
to trust in You with all my heart and to not depend on my own understanding.
I want to claim Your will in all I do, knowing You will show me which path to take. Amen.
– Proverbs 3:5-6 –
How is God encouraging you today?