Hello. I pray that we are all growing by waiting on the Lord. Our text this morning is Joshua 6:1-21. This event about the fall of Jericho teaches us much that is important about patience. Consider these thoughts and think about where else they might fit in your life.
• Being patient takes time. I can imagine that by the 4th-6th days, the Israelites were wondering whether they were really going to attack Jericho and, if so, why this way. Have you ever wondered why important things don’t happen sooner, quicker?
• Being patient (waiting on the Lord) takes obedience. It must have seemed silly, both to the Israelites and to the citizens of Jericho to go about conquering this way. Today, God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27).Let’s obey with the faith that God always knows what he is doing and always accomplishes what he promises.
• Being patient takes work. God does not do for man what man can do for himself. God calls us to work that he might work mightily in us (Eph. 2:10, 3:20).
• Being patient gives time for thought. How much time might it have taken to walk around Jericho: an hour, two hours, half a day? The Israelites were to be silent during this time. What must each warrior, father, son, tribal leader have meditated upon while marching? Patience often gives us such time for growth through meditation.
• Being patient has reward. Israel did finally conquer Jericho and the whole land. After 40 years wandering and after finally following God’s instructions, they received what God has promised. So shall we if we patiently wait on the Lord (2 Tim. 4:6-8).