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Joshua 6:1-5

Joshua needed God’s guidance as he faced one of the most crucial moments of his life.  He already knew the outcome of the battle against Jericho since the Lord had promised him success.  The specific strategy God gave him, however, was so atypical that it must have made his jaw drop.  But despite any concern they may have felt, Joshua and the entire army believed the Lord and followed the unusual plan to the letter.  

Although we won’t face that exact situation, there will be times when obedience to God’s Word will be a challenge because it goes against our natural reasoning.  Therefore, we hesitate, rationalize, or make excuses why we can’t possibly do what He says.  For example, consider these commands:
*  Don’t be anxious about anything, but pray about everything (Phil. 4:6).
*  Forgive one another just as God in Christ forgave you (Eph. 4:32)
*  Fix your hope, not on the uncertainty of riches but on God (1 Timothy 6:17).
*  Consider it joy when you encounter trials (James 1:2)

Just as Joshua’s instructions didn’t seem reasonable, these directives don’t always make sense to us either, but God insists they’re for our good.  It’s our job to trust His wisdom and obey.

Please open your bible to the following scripture:  Joshua 6:1-5
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites.  No one went out and no one came in.  Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.  March around the city once with all the armed men.  Do this for six days.  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.  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.”

Thoughts from Joshua 6:1-5
God told Joshua that Jericho was already delivered into his hands—the enemy was already defeated!  What confidence Joshua must have had as he went into battle!  Christians also fight against a defeated enemy.  Our enemy, Satan, has been defeated by Christ.  Although we still fight battles every day and sin runs rampant in the world, we have the assurance that the war has already been won.  We do not have to be paralyzed by the power of a defeated enemy; we can overcome him through Christ’s power.  We may not conquer nations, but every day we face tough situations, difficult people, and temptations.  God promises, however, that he will never abandon us or fail to help us.  By asking God to direct us we can conquer many of life’s challenges.  Guidance from God for daily living can be found in his Word.  By staying in touch with God, we will have the needed wisdom to meet the challenges of life.

Key thought: 
Our strength to do God’s work comes from trusting him.  His promises reassure of his love and that he will be there to guide us in the decisions and struggles we face.  Faith begins with believing he can be trusted.  TRUST AND OBEY

Blessings from the Youth Committee

References:  God’s Word NIV and In Touch Ministries