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But God, This Doesn't Make Sense!

Ok, I'll admit it. My faith's endurance is really being tested during this time.

It feels like a battle to wake up and continue to believe that everything will be alright, especially when CNN's main job is to convince you otherwise.

Unlike most of you, I have not been in quarantine for the past 7 days. I have been working full-time still, so you can imagine why my body thanked me for having today off to finally catch up on much needed sleep.

My soul also thanked me for finally spending more than 10 minutes in the Word this morning. Although I have been reposting scriptures and encouraging videos/words, God has been trying to get my attention to slow myself down and take time for just me and Him...which I'll admit, I haven't been doing.

My reading plan had me left off on Joshua 6.

How fitting.

Let's look at it together.


"Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”


Now, I'm not in the army, but my brother is, and I feel like I can confidently hypothesize on his behalf that if they were given the command to win an enemy over by marching in circles with trumpet players on the frontline, they would have some questions/concerns...

Some immediate questions I would certainly have are as follows:

1 - What if they come out with swords?

2 - take down barred walls...really?

3 - 7 days of marching... can this be done a little quicker? My legs are not as strong as they used to be....

What sincerely amazes me about this story, is the immediate obedience that both Joshua & his army have to these seemingly bizarre instructions.


"When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord's covenant followed them."


I don't have kids, but I do babysit/teach and I was a coach, and let me tell you something. Whenever I, in a position of authority, asked my kiddos to do anything, there was always pushback. Always.

And my demands made sense!

Imagine if I asked my kids to stand on their heads while reciting the ABC's to receive an A?

Pushback and questions to demands come when there is uncertainty.

Joshua & his army's immediate obedience illustrates the admirable faith they had in their Lord's ability to fight for them.

I feel like now, more than ever, we are living in uncertain times. This whole thing does not make sense to us. And, I strongly feel God asking His people to worship Him through it all.

Our Jericho is our society. We feel trapped in our homes, with no one coming in & no one going out.

Or maybe your Jericho is your bank account. There is no income coming in, and you don't see how any will be able to enter for awhile...

We may have questions. We certainly may have concerns.

But God will come through.

The Israelites marched around Jericho for 6 days without any sign of progress.

And yet, they still marched on. They may have wanted to see some sort of sign, or glimpse of assurance that they were going to make it, but they didn't.

They had to rely on their faith.

I'm sure they were tired. I'm sure their bodies ached. I'm sure their inability to yell and intimidate their enemy was eating away at their pre-conditioned warrior souls. (Joshua commanded them to stay silent until the 7th day shout)

But, in their obedience, and in their faith, God came through exactly when they needed Him to.

I'm sure you have some words to say to people posting negativity after negativity on Facebook. I'm sure you may have legitimate concerns about your financial state and how you're going to be able to make it through. I'm sure your faith is being tested, and that you are starting to grow weary.

But I am also sure that we need to keep marching, in worship, in faith, and in full assurance that the 7th day is coming. And on that 7th day, the walls will come crashing down, and God's hand will be seen in it all.

I don't understand, but I will choose to be obedient. I will not fight this fight with angry words or strife. I will not let fear keep me from holding onto hope.

I will keep worshiping, and know that He who has promised is faithful.

Who's with me?


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