The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat,[a] and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” 6 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” 7 And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the Lord.”
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Sounds silly, doesn’t it?
I mean, would you have done what I said?
You know how the world works. You know warfare.
Does marching around and blowing trumpets make any sense?
Would you ask, “Why?”
Would you do it anyway?
Have I told you to do anything that sounds silly?
Like maybe, loving your enemies?
Or, sexual morality?
Or, giving your possessions, or time, in the service of someone who can’t pay you back?
Or maybe even someone who will resent you for it?
You know how the world works. You know real life.
Does living as a Christian make any sense?
Will you ask, “Why?”
Will you do it anyway?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.