Doing Things God’s Way

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 6 | Plan: Joshua-Judges

Today's Reading: Joshua 6

Joshua 6:14 (NIV) So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

I am a planner. A problem solver.

So when I bring my struggles to the Lord in prayer, I tend to also bring my carefully thought-out ideas and suggestions He can choose from.

Here’s what I think will work, Lord. I just need You to sign off on one of these, okay?

But the longer I walk with Him, the more I’m discovering that simply isn’t the way God works. His ways? They aren’t our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Joshua and the Israelites got to experience this truth firsthand in our passage today.

I can’t help but wonder what murmurs circled through the camp as they looked at the towering walls of Jericho. I’m sure there was no shortage of ideas or opinions on how they should tackle the problem before them.

But God didn’t ask anyone for their opinion. Not even Joshua. Instead, He asked for their complete and unwavering obedience. Obedience in the face of a battle plan that would make no sense at all to their rational minds. A plan that actually involved no “battle” whatsoever.

All God wanted them to do was march. For six days straight they were to march around the walls of Jericho. Then, on the seventh day of marching, they were to end with trumpet blasts and a great shout. God declared this mighty sound would bring the walls down.

What moves me most about the Israelites’ part in this story isn’t so much their willingness to take that first crazy step of obedience. It’s how they kept taking steps of obedience. Step after step after step. Even though nothing appeared to change … even though there wasn’t a single sign of cracking or crumbling in those massive walls … they kept marching.

What if they'd stopped after day two? Or day three? Or even day six?

Think of all they would have missed. They would have cheated themselves out of certain victory from God.

I don’t say any of this casually — as if it’s easy to keeping going when there’s no evidence of our situation changing. It's hard to keep marching when we don't see God move the way we thought He would. It’s sometimes difficult to trust that He’s working behind the scenes.

So what do we do when He asks us to move in ways that don’t make sense to us? How do we keep “marching” when the situation still looks hopeless?

We make the same choice the Israelites made. We choose to walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) We take God at His Word and hold fiercely to His promises. (Hebrews 10:23)

God had promised Joshua that He would give Jericho, its king and army into his hands. (Joshua 6:2) And that is exactly what He did. When they marched around the city on that seventh day and gave their great shout with the blare of the trumpets, the walls fell down flat. Flat! The city was theirs for the taking. (Joshua 6:20)

Their victory never hinged on their ability or any of their well-thought-out plans. It was dependent on their unswerving obedience offered up to a loving and mighty God.

I don’t know what seemingly impossible situation is staring you in the face today, sweet friend. I don’t know what crazy steps of obedience God is currently calling you to take. But let me be the gentle whisper in your ear encouraging you to keep going. Keep trusting. Keep taking step after step after obedient step.

We don’t have to understand the “why” of God’s ways. But we do have to keep choosing to follow them.

Let’s not stop short of our victory with God. He is working things out. He is present. His plan is still good and He can still be trusted. These are true certainties even when life feels so very uncertain.

Prayer: Lord, I confess to You that at times my heart feels discouraged when I don’t see immediate results from my steps of obedience. Thank You for reminding me today that just because I can’t see You moving, it doesn’t mean You aren’t moving. Thank You for the good plans I know You have for my life. And thank You for always leading me towards victory. Please help me as I walk by faith instead of sight. Day after day. Step by step. Choosing Your way above my own. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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