Joshua 6:12-20 New International Version (NIV)
12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of theLord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things,so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.
The march of Joshua and the Israelites around the walls of Jericho is a good example of how the Lord accomplishes His purposes in mysterious ways. Many a time God leads His children along winding paths when He intends to perform a work which will bring them rich spiritual blessing. Those periods of waiting and doing something else other than what you really desire to do can be really trying. The people of Israel desired to capture the city, but they are now going around the city walls. It may seem illogical, but that’s how God leads His children. It is not the work that is difficult but the lack of understanding. It may be easy enough to blow a trumpet or walk around the city walls. The hard thing is to see the good of it.
Sometimes we wonder how God can be guiding us when we are not reaching our destination and we seem to be going in circles. One obstacle after another hinders our progress. We may feel like asking, “Why should I go on such long, seemingly useless journeys when I should be fighting the battles of the Lord?” We should remember one thing: God is always leading our way and He is preparing for us everything we need as we wait on Him.
As we meditate on today’s Scripture passage, let us have more faith in our Lord, knowing that He is leading us to a great and blessed victory in Him.