READ ABOUT IT: Joshua 6-7
TALK ABOUT IT:
In just a short period of time, Joshua's new leadership as commanding officer of the Israelites was already meeting mission goals. He bolstered the troops by sending in spies to Jericho and finding out key information about the city. He helped lead the Israelites over the Jordan River, and God stopped the water as they walked through on dry ground.
In their first significant battle, the Israelites would be successful defeating the city of Jericho, despite some rather strange tactics. (No other battles in history were won with circling the enemy, blowing rams horns and yelling; although Gideon leading 300 men with trumpets, torches and broken jars against Midian is also a crazy one!)
Joshua and the Israelites can clearly see that with God, they are unstoppable. They can find success at every turn, as long as they have God leading the way. The only problem is that they immediately go from Jericho and move on to a city called Ai...and lose badly.
Why? Well, for one reason, God didn't tell them to fight Ai (yet...that happens in chapter 8). They took it upon themselves to move on to the next challenge, even though God wasn't with them.
THINK ABOUT IT:
We probably run into this same problem today. We think that God is with us: we move forward on a new opportunity, making a very rushed decision. In our high-tech, me-first, no-wait society, we can do this a lot.
Think about how many years many of the people in the Bible need to wait. For some, it's many seasons (< year). For others, it's decades. And for many more, they may not even see it in their lifetime, or the lifetime of their kids, or their grandkids.
Wait on God. If you're asking Him something today in your prayers, be patient. Let Him answer, not only according to His will, but also according to His timing. That's why we pray, after all! To be led and blessed by Him. That's what a good Father does.
God, thank you for keeping your promise to us, that you would love us and answer our prayers. Help us to be patient and wait for your answer. In Jesus' name, amen.