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Faith And Obedience

It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”  Then 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.” Joshua 6:5-6 (NKJV)

Let’s say that you were in the Army or Marine Corps, and you were sent overseas to invade a country and take it over. You get the orders for the attack, and as you receive the details of how you will conduct this battle you are told to approach the capital city. Instead of utilizing any of your weaponry, you are to have seven priests outfitted with seven rams horns lead your troops in walking around the perimeter of the city once a day for six days. Then on the seventh day you are to march around the city seven times and when you finish, you are to have all the people with you shout loudly. 

What would you think of these orders if you were given them?  Would you discredit them, thinking of them as foolish, or perhaps doubt the ability of the person who devised them?  Would you disobey them, and choose to develop your own plan for attacking?  These were the very choices Joshua faced as he led the Israelites across the Jordan River and led them into the battle of Jericho.  

Q: Why would God ask Joshua to conduct the battle in this way, and what can we learn from this to apply to our lives today?

Well, I believe there are a couple of things we can glean.  First of all, I believe it is significant that God had the priests lead them into battle with the Ark of the Covenant and their rams horns — the same trumpets used in their religious festivals. There would be no mistake, the Lord was going to be the reason for their victory, as they would fully depend upon Him.  Secondly, God was testing them to see if they would be obedient to His ways, no matter how foolish they may have seemed.  

And so it is for us today; we must seek the Lord before we go into our daily battles and allow Him to go before us as we fully depend upon Him.  We must choose to be obedient to His ways as outlined within His Word, especially when we are tempted to come up with our own plans.  It might not make sense to us in the midst of the battle, but if we choose to be obedient to God, no matter what others do, we will see victory in our lives, just as the Israelites did in Jericho. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Choose to seek the Word of God for His wisdom and guidance, and then choose to be obedient to what you know to be right.  

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 15:57 where does the victory in our life come?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking God each day before you enter into the spiritual warfare?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to see God before you go into battle each day and then choose to be obedient to His Word in all you do.  

PRAYER: Father, thank You for our ultimate victory in Jesus. Thank You for going before me each day and preparing me for the battle.  Help me today to understand Your perfect will for my life as I read and study Your Word.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings Upon Your Day, Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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