I don’t fancy waiting for things to happen. I like knowing everything and planning everything out. Whether or not life goes according to plan is besides the point. What I need to know is tomorrow. It’s frustrating as a Christian, when you KNOW your purpose and where you’re supposed to be but have no idea how to get there from here.
So what happens between knowing God’s promise on your life now and actually seeing it come to past?
What happens in between knowing you’re going to own the promise land and actually possessing it?
That was the question posed in today’s message.
As my pastor spoke on how the Israelites took possession of the promise land, it baffled me. God’s strategy, I mean. So here they were, the army of God getting ready to take on the promise land after crossing the Jordan river.
Task one: Conquer Jericho, a city said to have had 9 acres of land protected by a 70 feet wall.
If it was me and I had to breakthrough a 70 feet wall, I’d make a trip to Bunnings first for the shovels. But the first thing God did was ask them to set themselves apart. By that I mean He asked Josh to circumsize the men.
Because as we all know, circumcision is crucial for any army invasion.
The second thing God asks is for them to march around the city in silence for 6 days.
Sooooo His plan was circumsize the men then make them walk quietly in circles around the enemy. What kinda military strategy is that?! It ain’t a slammin’ one. Or so I thought. On the seventh day as they marched and praised God:
By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.
Like in this story of ‘The Wall of Jericho’, God seems so random to me sometimes. Especially when I’m already struggling to get closer to my destiny, He asks me to do something out-of-the-blue. But in retrospect, it feels like He just wants to teach me to trust in His ways, not mine.
He wants to teach me to set myself apart, to ‘circumsize my heart’ so to speak, so He can write His laws on them replacing my low-grade ones.
He wants me to be quiet as I do supposedly random and unpopular things out of a calm obedience. He wants me to be quiet in hardships, mockery, jeers and negativity because people won’t understand those random and unpopular things either.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Learn more about the wall of Jericho here.
(Inspired by Ps Ryan Foo.)
Today I learned: When you choose to obey God even when it seems pointless, the walls separating you from the life of your dreams come tumbling down.
Thinking of: Trains’s If it’s love, 10 things I like about him, Monopoly Deal and how much I like CNY fireworks.