December 28 – Joshua 6:12-21

December 28 – Joshua 6:12-21

12 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord13 And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.

15 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. 16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city. 17 And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. 18 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. 19 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” 20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. 21 Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

As I am reading these verses this morning, a few things jump out at me.  Not that I haven’t noticed them before, but more than I am thinking about them in a different way.  God instructed these people to not just march and stay silent, then blow trumpets, but God gave them specific instructions for how these things were to be done, how many times, how often as well as who was to blow the trumpets.  Everything was lined up specifically for a purpose.  I know this might sound really silly in comparison to God’s plan, but when I make a cake I have to add a certain amount of ingredients at a certain time and often in a specific order and added as I stir, etc.  Then I put it in the oven for a specific period of time after putting it in a certain size pan that is prepared in a specific way.  Everything has to be done a certain way in a planned order for it to come out the way it is supposed to come out.  No wonder the world is in such a mess.  We have things in the order and way it pleases us, rather than how God knew it would work best.  We’re putting tings in a microwave wanting it to happen right now, that God intended to be in a crock pot and take time. 

What can you think of in your life, or that you have observed that is an example of how we have tried to put our own recipe or “spin” on something God has already perfected?

Heavenly Father, forgive us as a people for how we have tried to take Your perfection and create something better.  Why on earth would we even think that was possible?  I’m just as guilty because I know I have tried to cut corners and make things happen quicker that just take time.  I think about how I want to know You better and sometimes push to read and understand something You know I’m not ready to take on yet.  If I just keep my eyes and my focus on You, I know You will guide me not only on the right path, but at the right time, walking the right speed, with You by my side.  Thank You Father, for how much You love me.

In Jesus’ name.



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