In It But Not In Charge

Joshua 6:2-10

Synopsis     Joshua 6:2-10     4/16/2018

God spoke to Joshua concerning Jericho. He gave him the plan for the siege battle. For six days the Israelite army was to circle the city wall. On each of these days, the warriors were to march once around. At the head of the formation were seven priests with horns. These marched before the Ark of the Covenant.

On the seventh day, the entire formation was to repeat the process of the previous six days. However, on the seventh day, they were to march around the city walls seven times. In all of this, the Israelite warriors were to remain silent. Then, on the seventh day, at the completion of the seventh lap, the seven priests were to blow their horns in a mighty blast as a signal for all the warriors to shout.

In It But Not In Charge

They had to do something. The Israelites had assignments. They had to march around the city walls. They had to be quiet. They had to obey. They had to obey in simplicity – simple obedience. As military strategy goes, none of it made much sense.

War is a skill. War is an art. The conduct of war is the stuff of professionals. And walking around a besieged city behind some priests and a golden box isn’t the way one general would tell another general to get things done.

Jesus In Charge

So the Israelite’s find themselves in it, but not in charge.

It’s the same for you. Though all nature hinges on predictable process – you’re path to freedom in Christ will beguile every effort you make to influence your path.

Yet, it’s still about victory. If your purpose is to follow Him without reservation, then every road, every response will lead to victory. You can’t imagine how He’s going to do it. So let go –

He’s in charge.

Get walking.

But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Matt 20:25-26

April 16, 2018

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