God’s ways are not our ways and are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). This means that sometimes he asks us to do things which don’t make logical sense and require us to take a step of faith. ‘Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1). In other words faith is about trusting in God, submitting to him and not leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Joshua had to do this, what God told him to do at the city of Jericho in Joshua 6:1-21 was nothing like a normal military strategy to take a city. It doesn’t make sense to march around a city once for 6 days with your army, priests and Ark of the Lord. Then to march around 7 times on the 7th day before blasting the trumpets, giving a loud shout and expecting the walls to come down. Yet because God told him to do so Joshua decided to trust in him. Joshua did what was asked of him and he saw God deliver as he had promised.
I am greatly encouraged by this story because this week God has told me to give up something I do and clear my diary as he wants me to do something new. This is both exciting and scary because I don’t know what is coming or how I will be spending my time. After praying for courage and peace; which God gave me; I took a step of faith and have decided God’s plan is better than anything I could come up with.
Do you need to take a step of faith today? If so you are in good company in addition to Joshua the Bible is full of examples of where God asked people to do so and then delivered. For example, there are countless examples listed in Hebrews 11 which is a chapter all about faith in action.