Walk. This is a word I have been hearing God speak to me over and over lately. The first time I heard it, I was kind of in the middle of a pretty serious conversation, and I kept hearing him say walk. I was having this fight between me and God in my head. I was like, “but God I can’t just get up and walk right now, and plus there’s nowhere for me to walk. It’s a pretty busy street out there.” But he persisted and so I reluctantly got up and told the person I was with that I would be back in a little bit. I got up and walked. I was like “Ok God, what do I do now?” It was then that he talked me through a decision I needed to make and helped me see things from a new perspective.
Then later in the week I heard him say again, walk. So as I’m rolling this word around in my mind trying to understand why God is telling me walk I hear a sermon from two different pastors on the story of Jericho. If you’ve been around church for a good amount of time you’ve probably heard it. It’s about how God told Joshua he had given him Jericho and all he had to do was walk around the wall of the city with his army and the priests once every day for six days and on the seventh day walk around it seven times, and on the seventh time as they are shouting and blowing horns the walls of the city would fall down. If hearing two different sermons wasn’t enough, the Bible reading plan I’m going through took me through the same passage of scripture, and I’m like, “I hear you, but it doesn’t make sense.”
Which is probably exactly what the Israelites thought when they were walking around the wall of Jericho. They were probably thinking, “What’s walking around this city going to do? We are warriors. Why don’t we go into battle against them?” And at the end of each day without anything happening they probably started wondering if this was all just a joke and God thought it would be funny to see if they would just keep walking around the wall. But they still kept walking. The scene from VeggieTales runs through my mind whenever I think of this story where the peas aka soldiers who were from Jericho are singing a song that goes, “Keep walking, but you won’t knock down our wall. Keep walking, but she isn’t gonna fall. It’s plain to see, your brains are very small to think walking will be knocking down our wall.” I can picture the men from inside Jericho laughing at the soldiers in Joshua’s army just walking around the wall and not fighting anyone. Think about it. They must’ve looked pretty silly. (By the way here's a clip from the the scene if you want to watch :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXM2o_Hb9Ls&list=RDQXM2o_Hb9Ls#t=30)
There are a lot of times in life when the ways God tells us to go about things look pretty silly to those around us. They may try to tell us that what we’re doing isn’t making any difference. They may laugh in our face and tell us we’re wasting our time just walking around our metaphorical wall of Jericho waiting for something to happen, but the point is, God’s ways oftentimes don’t make sense to the world.
In my case, God was telling me to walk away from something because it was keeping me from something greater. Then he continued to tell me to walk, into the dream and vision he has given me.
The things I am doing right now seem insignificant to me. They don't make sense for what I feel like he is calling me to. I mean I’m just working a few part-time jobs trying to make enough money to pay off student loans and in my free time trying to serve in different ways at my church. I don’t know what things will lead to what, but I trust that God has something in mind and he most definitely isn’t finished.
Just like in the story of Jericho, the men had to walk around the city walls for six days, and each day they saw nothing happen. Imagine if they would have given up after the sixth day. Imagine if they would have said, “You know what Joshua. I think you may have gotten your wires crossed when you were talking to God because nothing’s happening and what is one more day going to do?”
If they would have lost faith that the promise of God was true, they would have never seen Jericho delivered right into their hands when they walked around the city the last time on the seventh day.
God is telling us to keep walking. This thing that you’re facing, this dream that you can’t seem to grasp, this healing that you need, is yours. Don’t lose faith because IT’S YOURS! The LORD tells Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king and all its strong warriors.” (v. 2) Later on the seventh day when the army had marched around the city six times Joshua commanded them on the seventh time, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the town!” (v. 16) We think that we have to somehow prove ourselves worthy of God and his promise of eternal life, but he has already given it to us. All we have to do is accept, and when we receive him, we receive his spirit in us which enables us to tear down walls!
Whatever it is for you that you’re walking around, whatever your Jericho is, God has already given it to you. You just have to keep walking. Because who knows if the next time you walk around it, it will be the final time it takes to make the walls fall right before you and enable you to walk into the promise God has for you.