SOAP Journal – 23 June 2017 (Joshua 6:1-2)

Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. The LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king [and] the valiant warriors.”

Joshua 6:1-2

It might just be me, but a city with its walls shut tight and no one entering or leaving does not sound like easy pickings. It sounds like a city hunkering down for a siege. And the fact that people’s houses were built on the wall (like Rahab’s house) gives an idea of how thick those walls were. And yet, God tells Joshua to have a look at this city with its massive walls and its readiness to repel an attack and God says I have given Jericho into your hand. Past tense. In God’s eyes, the thing is already done.

From God’s perspective in eternity, everything already has happened. From God’s perspective, five years from now is as past tense as five years ago. So God saying I have given Jericho into your hand makes perfect sense. And Joshua knew this. Joshua knew that God had this whole thing figured out and Joshua followed orders. God said march around the city in silence for six days and Joshua did it. God said march around the city seven times on the seventh day then make a ruckus and Joshua did it. That is how Joshua lived out his faith. He believed that God’s statement — which was contradictory to available facts from a human perspective — and God’s plan — which made no sense from a human perspective —were trustworthy and he acted on them.

And that is the application for me. God is sometimes going to tell me to do things that make no logical sense from a human perspective, but I need to trust in God. I need to trust Him because that is what faith is and I need to trust Him because His perspective is perfect; complete. He sees the end from the beginning and knows how everything plays out. So His instruction is meant to guide me down the best path for me. Not the most comfortable or the most materially prosperous or any other such malarkey, but the path that will make me the most profitable to His kingdom and make me most like His Son, Jesus Christ.

Father, thank You for leading me in the paths of righteousness. Please teach me to better heed Your instructions and to walk more faithfully in the steps that You lay out for me.

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