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Friday, November 10, 2023

Standing on the Wall

Joshua 6:1-5

“1 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

I am sure that the soldiers of Jericho had never been attacked in the way that the Israelites attacked them; blowing horns, marching around and around, shouting.  This had to be one of the most unusual attacks in which anyone had ever participated.  But, being inspired by God, it worked.

We humans have our ways of doing things and God has His ways.  Sometimes they are the same and other times they are very different.  We may laugh at or belittle someone who is being used by God in a different way to accomplish His will, as I am sure the soldiers on the walls of Jericho laughed.

How is God working in the world today in a different way?  Are we supporting it?  Or are we standing on the wall laughing?

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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