40 Days of Faith
"By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days."
A soldier has one duty and that is to obey his commanding officer. His honor, valor, and heart are all tied to this one responsibility. How does a young man follow through with this duty of obedience? What if he questions the directions that he is given? Early in the training of a soldier he is taught to obey. As his training goes further this obedience for what his officer has given him to do is transformed into trust. He now trusts his commander with his life. He will do whatever he has been given to do, because he truly believes that the officer knows best.
Joshua was without any doubt a soldier in God's army. He had proven that by his faithful following of Moses. He proved it further when he was sent as a spy into the land of Canaan and came back with the encouragement to move forward although he was in the minority. God has placed Joshua over the Israelites now that Moses is dead, and he has led them into the Promised Land. Their first great task lay in front of them: Jericho. This massive city was one of the great structures and fortresses of all time. It was seemingly impregnable. Joshua now turns to his commanding officer, Jehovah God, for instructions.
God's command to march around the city one time a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day did not make a lot of human sense, but Joshua had learned to trust God. They did as God commanded, and when they shouted and blew those trumpets on the seventh day, the impossible become reality. There are times in our lives when God's plan does not seem to make much sense. He calls us into a life of denial and suffering so that we might prosper and live. There are times when he tells us to speak when we feel like we should be silent. At other times He instructs us to be silent when we just know we should say something. He calls us out of our places of security into the unknown to face things that we cannot humanly understand. It is at these times that it is not ours to question why but to simply obey. If God tells you to march and it seems ridiculous, just march. When He calls on you to shout at a wall, just shout. Remember that He knows best.
May you trust your Commanding Officer today!