Is it just me or does it seem like most of life is monotonous? Have you ever felt as if you are simply going through the motions, like each day is just a duplicate of the last one? You have come a long way when you discover that for the most part life is about repetition. I mean, most of the time days are basically the same with no real significant upheaval or changes. What if this just is how it is, and there is something to be learned in the constant steadfastness of normal everyday life.
When the Children of Israel were in the wilderness we read where they complained a lot. They became very bored with the apparent drudgery of the journey and their diet. They complained to Moses about God saying, “Why have you brought us up out of Egyptto die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.” They were tired of the path God had them on and wanted something a little different from the menu. In other words they were at a place of burn out. I have seen it in co-workers and have been there myself thinking “is this all there is to life? Surely there is more to life than this job and routine.”
In another very famous story found in the Old Testament we see the Children of Israel years later taking possession of the Promised Land. In the sixth chapter of Joshua they have come to take on Jericho and God gives Joshua instructions on how he wants it done. This is one of those amazing, miraculous ways God fights their battle for them, but He does tell them what they are to do.Jerichowas a great walled city and God planned to deliver it intoIsrael’s hands in a most unusual way. He told them they were to march around it once a day for six days and on the seventh day you are to march around it seven times. Now comes the part I wanted you to see. Joshua not only wanted them to march around this great walled city he told them to do it in silence. Joshua commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout nor let your voice be heard nor let a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I tell you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout!”
Maybe there is a key to success in our lives right here in the story of Jericho. Maybe the seemingly monotonous walk through our lives around and around in a perceived circle is part of what it’s going to take to bring victory. Joshua told them to walk and keep quiet until he told them otherwise. Maybe, just maybe, God is telling many of us the same thing. Maybe if we simply do what God has placed in front of us to do and keep quietly marching forward the walls will fall down for us.
Let me sum this up here. In the first story we see Israel complaining about God’s way of providing for them. What I didn’t share with you is what happened because of their incessant groaning. The Bible says, “The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.” I think the groaning and complaining is giving that old serpent a foothold in our lives. Maybe our victory is going to be found, not in the complaining but in simple quiet obedient perseverance of one foot in front of the other until we are told to do otherwise.
Written by Louie