When it comes to following the Lord, will I trust His ways even when I only see a piece of what's going on? As someone who likes a clear plan of action, it is hard for me to surrender to God's strategy.
UNHURRY HACK: Spending time reading God's Word actually creates more time in our day as we replace the wasted space of worry and confusion with God's life giving peace and joy.
FIRST READ: Joshua 6:1-27
Joshua chapter 6 tells of the fall of the city of Jericho. This victory was an unconventional battle, won by a series of marching, trumpets, and shouting. But, this wasn't just any noise; it was divine strategy. What may seem like a quirky story in the Bible, was designed to stand out as a victory that could only be credited to the LORD.
As the Israelites set out for the Promised Land, Joshua encountered a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua quickly demanded to know if he was a friend or foe. "Neither one," he replied. "I am the commander of the LORD's army." Immediately Joshua fell to the ground in complete reverence. His response in verse 14 has continued to humble believers to this day.
"I am at your command," Joshua said. "What do you want your servant to do?"
Am I willing to respond the same when I am facing battles in my life? Will I surrender to God's strategy in each situation I face? Big or small we engage in battle everyday, and it's always more than meets the eye. Ephesians 6:10-12 reminds to put on the armor of God so we can stand firm against the spiritual battle taking place. In Christ we are victorious every time, but it requires us to trust in Jesus.
Jericho reminds us to surrender every battle to Jesus. The divine battle of Jericho unfolded through a series of worship...trust...obedience...and resulted in a victory that no man could claim. It was God. It is God every single time, and He is not done being victorious!
The LORD of Hosts wants to lead us to victory in our life too. Though we may not meet God's visible army as we cross the road, we can trust that our Commander still has sword in hand ready to lead and fight on our behalf. Whether we are battling a life threatening situation or battling a life altering situation like getting out of bed to spend time with God, we fight with the strength and and victory of God's army. As we surrender to God, may our response be like Joshua, "I am at your command. What do you want your servant to do?"
*New Living Translation Bible used for this devotional.