Today’s Scripture: And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. Joshua 6:3-5
Have you ever been given instructions that just didn’t seem right? For whatever reason, your employer or supervisor wanted things done a certain way, but it just seemed like a crazy or inefficient way of doing things? Maybe you even felt like you had the experience necessary to complete the task without following the crazy instructions.
When God gives an instruction, we would do well to follow it down to the letter. Even when our human logic declares, “This will never work in the real world,” God’s Word is tested and tried, and has stood firm through the ages.
In Joshua 6, God gave the children of Israel specific commands regarding the conquest of Jericho. Silently marching around a heavily fortified city once a day for six days was likely not listed in the book of military strategy. However, on that seventh day, after they walked around the city seven times, the trumpets were blown, the people shouted, and the walls fell flat – just as God had promised.
The Bible has the answers to every problem we face in life. God’s ways may not seem to make sense from an earthly standpoint, but His ways are always the best ways.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.