“And the LORD said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city at once. Thus you shall do for six days. 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. 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, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.’” Joshua 6:2-5
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.”
God sometimes calls us to follow Him in ways that make no logical sense to us. To walk with Him in such a way that it looks like foolishness. And our only reason to do so is our belief that He knows what He’s doing, even when we don’t.
It is a call to trust Him absolutely. It is a testing of our faith, so that its genuineness will be proved. And it is an opportunity for us—and those around us—to see our God come through in power and faithfulness.
I do believe that God gives us wisdom and logic for good reason. We are to act in that wisdom, but not at the expense of following what we know God has called us to. Because our reliance must be on Him, not on our own understanding. His wisdom is greater. Let us never forget that. I pray that our hearts will come to fully believe it.
Our Shepherd leads us in different ways. It likely won’t look like it did for Joshua. But let us take heart in this: God speaks to our heart with clarity, and He is able to do so because He knows us. Our challenge is often to simply get out of our own way to hear Him. To not over-analyze and complicate matters, filling our minds with so much noise that we miss the still, soft voice of our Lord. Seek His face sincerely. You won’t miss Him. Quiet your heart and mind, not insisting on your own way, and pray for the peace and assurance that God is with you and will not let you fall.
There may be times when, in spite of all your efforts to listen, you won’t hear Him speak. But I believe this is simply another way He strengthens our faith in Him. We move forward, keeping our heart open, and do our best to act wisely and in accordance with the Word of God, trusting that He is near and His hand is still upon us for good. If we slip up and seem to make the wrong choice, we find hope in this: “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). If we are in Christ, we know that God is working for good in each circumstance in our lives. He will fufill His purposes. He will lead us perfectly. And even if His leading looks like foolishness to us, we walk forward in faith to see how He will work, and we eagerly anticipate how His glory will shine.