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?
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.”
If everything goes exactly as you planned, what will your life look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Did you know that God’s plan for your life is way better–and probably way different–than anything you could imagine?
We often can’t see the big picture–God knows we’re not ready to handle it. He asks us to wait and to trust as, piece by piece, his will for our lives comes together.
Listen to “The Waiting” by Jamie Grace.
What will it look like,
What will it be like
When my world turns out like you planned?
During this season of Advent, we wait for the commemoration of Jesus’ birth, that we celebrate on Christmas. Let’s thank our heavenly Father today, for sending his son to us.
We also wait for Jesus to come to earth again, in all of his glory, to bring about the fullness of his kingdom. Let’s invite Jesus today to live in our hearts; to fill our beings with light and love and grace, so we can’t help but share it with the world.
Finally, we wait to see God’s will come to fruition in our lives. Let’s watch for God’s movement in our lives and say “yes” to his leading today, trusting that he knows what’s best for us.
Advent is a time of waiting. Before the first Christmas, the Israelites were waiting for a savior. Elizabeth waited for Mary’s visit. Mary waited for the birth of her baby. Now we wait for the time when Jesus will come again.
We get a lot of practice waiting this time of year. We wait in traffic. We wait at the post office. We wait in long lines at department stores. We wait for the packages we ordered, hoping they arrive on time. Do you remember when you were a kid, how you waited for Christmas to arrive, and how long it took to get here?
Right now, in your life, what are you waiting for?
Are you waiting for something that will make you happy–the perfect job, marriage, a bigger house, a child? While you are waiting, choose to be happy now, right where you are.
Are you feeling called to do something, but you’re waiting until a more convenient time? Take a cue from Peter: Keep your eyes on Jesus, and get out of the boat. (See Matthew 14:22-33)