We recently bought a canopy and the instructions inside were in two different languages, neither were English. We figured out how to set it up, but tearing it down was ridiculous. We ended up breaking it and after a couple weeks, got a complete refund for the product. Instructions can be crazy! But instructions that you can’t understand, really?
Joshua 6:1, “Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.” Sounds like it was Jericho 1, Israelites 0. No entry, off limits, shut up with a big fat no trespassing sign on it. How many have ever felt that the thing that God had promised is securely shut up? The Lord promised it to you, but it’s like someone has put a ‘no entry’ sign on the only door in. Can I just encourage you this morning for a few minutes? Timing is everything! Stop frustrating yourself with trying every key on your key ring, praying every prayer in your book and everyone else’s book. It’s not going to open until God opens it up.
Verse 2, And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.” Ha! SERIOUSLY GOD? You do see the huge walls around the city, right? They’ve locked the doors! No entry! Surely you see that, Lord. What was it God was doing? He was opening Joshua’s ability to see in the Spirit, hear in the Spirit and obey in the Spirit. Every battle must first be won in that realm first.
Then instruction time in verses 3-5, “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, andwhen 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.”
Wait a minute. Did I miss something in here? He called them ‘men of war’. I thought these were brick layers and slaves out of Egypt who’d been walking in the desert for 40 years. When did they learn THOSE skills? Where’d they get weapons? I’m confused. Perhaps God is seeing something we don’t. How many times do we hear God calling things that be not as though they are in the bible? Could it be that He sees us differently than we see ourselves? And why the crazy instructions? That doesn’t even sound like a good plan! March around a city once for 6 days and on the 7th you blow the trumpet and shout. Ummmm, that’s a little bit crazy. Ok, that’s a LOT of bit crazy!
Perhaps the reason we don’t get the doors to open is because we refuse to follow the crazy directions the Holy Spirit gives us to do. We’re so afraid we’re going to look foolish. Our flesh screams out in opposition, “That just can’t work!” We cry out to God for our door to open but we don’t trust His voice enough to do the crazy to get the door to swing open on it’s own.
Twelve years ago, we decided to step out in ‘crazy’ faith to move to Florida because God instructed us to. We had no job, no source of income. We made an offer on a house and closed in July. September we moved our things in. 2 weeks later Walt found a job making less than what he made up north. Crazy, right? Let me show you where that ‘crazy’ connected us to. We hooked up to a pastor who had such a vision for the city and a heart after God because our pastor up north had mentioned we may want to assist him with his vision. 6 months later, he left his denomination to launch out an independent church where he could follow the crazy instructions the Holy Spirit led him to do.
Here we are, connected with this amazing man of God and his family, growing in faith and the commission God has for our lives. Our prayer lives are off the chart. Our marriage is off the chart. We are walking in the favor of God like never before, all because we chose to follow the crazy, unreasonable instructions God gave us. We didn’t share the plans with many people because we knew they wouldn’t understand. I don’t even think that WE fully understood the plans God had or has for our lives, but I will tell you this; regardless of how scary or intimidating those walls look, I know a God who can unlock any door and I will follow HIS instructions to take this city for Him.
Let’s repent for our disobedience, for not moving when God said to go. Let’s ask Him for another chance to obey, just remember, it WILL be crazy but He will get the glory.