Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 21, 2015

“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Joshua Chapter 6.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel;  no one went out and no one came in. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.  3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once.  You shall do so for six days.  4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark;  then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.  5 It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout;  and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.”

… (So Israel waited and marched around the city of Jericho as commanded – Bill’s note) …

“20 So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets;  and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.  21 They utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.”  Joshua Chapter 6:  Verses 1-5 and 20-21.

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“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.”  Hebrews 11:30.

In one sense, this is an active faith.  Israel marched a lot around the city of Jericho, once a day for six days and then seven times on the seventh day as commanded.

But, in another sense, this is a patient faith.  Israel was probably eager to take things into their own hands and immediately attack the city of Jericho.  But, they trusted the LORD that He would give the city into their hands, and they patiently waited seven days before attacking on cue.

Considering everything, I think this is more of a patient faith than an active faith.

Although we often need to do both, it is often harder to patiently wait on the LORD than to take action.  So, the additional Scripture that I provide focuses on waiting for the LORD.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord;  Be strong and let your heart take courage;  Yes, wait for the Lord.

Psalm 33:20
Our soul waits for the Lord;  He is our help and our shield.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.

Psalm 147:11
The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.

Isaiah 25:9
And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.  This is the Lord for whom we have waited;  Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength;  They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Lamentations 3:25
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.

Zephaniah 3:8
“Therefore wait for Me,” declares the Lord, “For the day when I rise up as a witness. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal.

Philippians 3:20
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

James 5:7
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.

Jude 1:21
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

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