The Jericho account in the opening chapters of the Book of Joshua is full of faith, with Rahab’s and Joshua’s faith rising to the top. But we have to be careful not to miss another great example of faith—that of the Israelite soldiers. Here we see an army ready to go to war and likely full of a mixture of anticipation and nervousness. And yet, for six days, God had them take a stroll around their enemy’s fortified city. Surely this was frustrating for the Israelite soldiers. They could see the thickness and height of the city walls. They could appreciate the size of the city they walked around.
Then, finally, on the seventh day, they were called to action, although it was not the action a soldier would expect. They would not charge the walls. They would not hoist ladders and scale their enemy’s fortifications. Instead, they would shout. That was it. Nothing else. It must not have made much sense to the Israelite soldiers. It must have been frustrating. And yet, they did exactly what God had called them to do in obedience and in faith. Sometimes God calls us to act in faith; at other times, like here, He calls on us not to act, in faith.
Consider a time in your life when God’s plan was simply to move. How willing were you to follow His simple instruction? Why?