“It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” ~ Joshua 6:5
When I first heard the story of Joshua and the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 6) I was a child in Sunday School. I heard it, I didn’t question it, I just accepted it as fact. The Lord gave Joshua and the Israleites instructions, they obeyed, and God knocked the wall down. Simple as that.
Today, when I read this story I found myself wondering, “How’d God do that?” Several possibilities flashed through my head. Maybe the City of Jericho sat on a fault line. Maybe the foundation of the city was lain poorly. Maybe the walls weren’t as structurally sound as originally thought. Maybe… Maybe… Maybe… Maybe it’s not as simple as that.
So what changed between the time I first heard this story and today? At first I didn’t want to answer this question, but I know one thing for sure. The change wasn’t with God. He remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). If I believe this to be true then I must admit the change must have occurred within me. I must admit that there has been a change in my faith.
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 18:2-3
Lord, please let not my questions of curiosity turn to questions of skepticism. I give You all the faith that I have (and all the faith that I lack) and ask that You use it to teach me who You are. Mould me into a woman who has child-like faith in You; who isn’t afraid to be curious, but who isn’t afraid to not know everything either. God, I trust You. I believe You have everything under control and can make anything You want to happen happen. Thank You for quietly reminding me of the child-like faith I once had and thank You that You will grow that faith in me again. In Your name, amen.
Dive into The Bible yourself, pray, and ask the Lord to reveal His truth to you.
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