And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. (Joshua 6:2)
There would seem to be something about waiting that the Lord delights in. He’s a bit of ‘why rush’ God. He promises, He delivers. We trust, He accomplishes. God is in no hurry. (Genesis 2:1-3) (Exodus 2:10) (Leviticus 8:35-36) (Numbers 11:23) (Deuteronomy 7:8-9)
God hears the Israelites, after hundreds of years of slavery. And as promised, through Moses, He answers (Exodus 2:25). And after 40 years of grumbling and rebelling, through Joshua He leads a new generation to the Promised Land (Joshua 1:6). Although both men were chosen leaders by God, following after God, Joshua would also find strength and victory in waiting on God.
But what about you and I? Do we have the ‘wait’ in us?
The wait during job loss. The wait during marriage woes. The wait during unanswered prayers. Waiting is definitely a stretch of faith. And easy, it ain’t. But what about it did Joshua discover in Jericho? And how do we rejoice over the long haul?
But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.” (Joshua 6:10)
Keep quiet in voice, but not in Spirit.
Under God’s glory, His chosen people wanted no more than for God to act that they wouldn’t have to suffer. To bask but not bow. To have results without worship (or effort). Choosing to resist God’s authority rather than chase after His heart. Their mouths, literally, got the best of them.
How we wait on the Lord says it all:
Am I complaining to the world about the economy or rejoicing in Christ during my job search?
Am I considering a shortcut during this trial or heeding God’s call to stay the course? (Acts 20:24)
Am I a better spouse, in Christ, no matter what or a bitter one during hard times?
Am I waiting on God hurt or resting (and moving) in His perfect timing?
Joshua’s acts of worship and military training led the Israelites to triumph in Jericho; God gave them the victory in trusting Him (Joshua 1:16-18).
So let’s go Christians! Those seeking God’s face, following Christ Jesus and being led by the Holy Spirit will always see victory, in due season.
How will you or do you rejoice in the wait (God’s timing)?