Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!

Today I read Joshua 6, which is the scripture where Joshua is commanded to take Jericho the fortified impenetrable city of Jericho and he didnt say storm in guns a blazing, he didn’t say knock on the gate and see if they will let you in, he didn’t say climb the walls and ambush them, he didnt say any of those things. What he said was, “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.” At that point what was so markable,  so obvious to me was no one questioned it, no one. Not Joshua, not the priest, not the soldiers. No one said,  “That’s stupid why would we do that? Why would we bring priest into battle with us? This is silly Lord. We can do this on our own Lord, we got this.” Nope, they were obedient and they trusted in the Lord they believed something that we forget time and time again; ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. They were obedient, in his will, and they trusted him no question asked. At the end of walking around the city they gave a shout, not to knock the wall down, they knew nothing they were doing would bring the wall down, they shouted to praise the King who said He would bring it down for them. Their obedience and trust gained them that victory not their effort or hustle. What are you doing in your power and might that the Lord is telling you to just stop and praise him for. One of my favorite Proverbs is 16:9, In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Do you trust that, are you like Joshua and the soldiers, who believed and trusted the Lord, how much better would our lives be if we just listened, praised and watched God  workout all the details.

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