Food for thought….Questioning God

questioning God

Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.  And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.  It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him. Joshua 1:1-6

Not long ago I was reading this story of Joshua to my son. He said “Mom, why did they have to march around it for 7 days, how come God didnt just give them the city on the first day?”  Hmmm, that was a great question.  

I have to be honest, if I was Joshua I would have probably asked the Lord if He was sure I needed to march around 7 times.  I would melt if I were in Joshua’s shoes.  Imagine it, your leading the children of Israel into battle, you explain to them that God is going to give you this city just by marching around it.  I am sure there were some questions and concerns raised by the children of Israel.  What if Joshua didnt hear clearly from God? What if the children of Israel were marching to their deaths? Those would be the questions in my mind.   I would have been so anxious marching around that city, wondering if the walls would really fall flat.  

Often times God calls us to certain things that make no sense to us.   Imagine all of the things that God was working out in the lives of Joshua, the children of Israel and the people of Jericho during those 7 days.   Faith, patience, trust.  Maybe God is calling you to something but He wants you to wait 7 days, or 7 months, or 7 years to work something out in your first.  His timing is perfect, and the things that He calls us to not only affect us, but they affect others around us.  He sees what is going on in your heart, your life and in the lives of all those around you.  We cannot see the outcome but God can.  

God has called me to do things that make no sense, my first response is that I must be crazy because God would never ask me to do something that is so strange.  Then I am reminded of Noah building the ark, Joshua marching around Jericho, Abraham’s call to kill Isaac.  All things that if I were in their shoes, I would question whether or not I was really hearing from God.  

Ladies, questioning God is doubting God.  I don’t want to doubt God’s plans and ability to use my life.  I pray that we would be sensitive to His Spirit, that we would walk in what He has called us to, and that we would bear much fruit!  

 

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