And to Joshua the Lord said: “I have delivered Jericho, its king, and its warriors into your power. Have all the soldiers circle the city, marching once around it. Do this for six days, with seven priests carrying ram’s horns ahead of the ark. On the seventh day march around the city seven times, and have the priests blow the horns. When they give a long blast on the ram’s horns and you hear the sound of the horn, all the people shall shout aloud. The wall of the city will collapse, and the people shall attack straight ahead.”
Recall a time when you wanted something, but you had to wait before you could have it. Are you longing and waiting for something right now?
Read Joshua 6:1-20.
Imagine the soldiers’ frustration. They had the city of Jericho under siege. The scouts had already scoped the place out. God promised to deliver Jericho into their hands. All they needed to do was attack. But God said not yet. They needed to wait.
What did the soldiers do while they were waiting? They didn’t just sit around in camp complaining. They followed God’s instructions, marching around the city each day, along with the ark of the covenant, God’s presence in their midst. It was this ritual that helped them to understand that their eventual victory was a gift from God, not the result of their own power or skill.
We are called to do the same thing when we are waiting. We are called to follow God and serve him right where we are, not to wait until circumstances are ideal to begin following God.
What are you waiting for? How is God calling you to serve him in the midst of your waiting? While you reflect on these questions, listen to John Waller’s “While I’m Waiting.”