Joshua 5:13-15 ERV; When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him. The man had a sword in his hand. Joshua went to the man and asked, “Are you a friend to our people or are you one of our enemies?” The man answered, “I am not an enemy. I am the commander of the Lord’s army. I have just now come to you.” Then Joshua bowed his face to the ground to show respect and said, “I am your servant. Does my master have a command for me?” The commander of the Lord’s army answered, “Take off your sandals. The place where you are standing is holy.” So Joshua obeyed him.
Interesting insight here; respect and honor is always required before instruction is given. Perhaps if the children of God would respect and honor the Word of God, they would get the instructions they need to get victory over what they face. Joshua’s predecessor experienced a similar thing when standing in the valley and saw a burning bush, remember? He was told to take his sandals off because he was standing on holy ground. Once he complied, the Lord gave instruction.
Let’s continue in Joshua 6:1-5: The gates of the city of Jericho were closed. The people in the city were afraid because the Israelites were near. No one went into the city, and no one came out. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Look, I will let you defeat the city of Jericho. You will defeat the king and all the fighting men in the city. March around the city with your army once every day for six days. Tell seven of the priests to carry trumpets made from the horns of male sheep and to march in front of the priests who are carrying the Holy Box. On the seventh day march around the city seven times and tell the priests to blow the trumpets while they march. They will make one loud noise from the trumpets. When you hear that noise, tell all the people to begin shouting. When you do this, the walls of the city will fall down and your people will be able to go straight into the city.”
There you have it! Instruction following respect and honor. What was the next step? He delivered the message to the people with authority, they obeyed and God gave them the city exactly as He said would happen. What can we learn from such a great story? Regardless of how absurd the instruction is, we must follow it to the letter if we want to see victory. We keep expecting God to deliver us but refuse to do the most important part; read the Word, listen and obey. We must learn that when we act, it shows we trust Him to deliver.
You may say, “Sandy, I’ve done this and nothing happens.” Oh, something is happening, trust me! Wars are won in the spirit realm before we see it in the natural realm. Thats why Paul said in Ephesians 6:12-13; Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
God is training an army who will not flinch or be distracted when facing their enemy. An army that trusts their Commander, honors and respects His orders enough to follow instructions to the letter and never give up. To leave family and earthly comfort, go through boot camp and learn that their life no longer belongs to them, it belongs to Him. Are you one of the remnant of believers? The laid down warriors who are sold out, signed up and ready to serve to the end? Well? This is a call to those who are a part of that great army of lovers; Take up your cross, the great Word of God and follow Him. We are one large army blended into a single unit of believers that look like Christ, act like Christ and follow Christ’s leadership.