One word is resounding to me this morning: Obedience.
The illustration that is on my heart is that of the story of the fall of Jericho. The Israelites had just crossed the Jordan River and stepped into the Promised Land. (To be honest, I had not regarded all of the acts of obedience that took place surrounding this story as I began to write, but I now feel it necessary to include them.)
Jericho was to be the first display of the Lord's giving them the land. However, before they encountered this city, something was done first. As they were camped at Gilgal, all of the men who had been born in the wilderness were circumcised according to the covenant, and they celebrated the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month. I don't know that it has ever stood out to me that they knew it was necessary to obey the Lord in this before daring to lay claim to what He had given them.
Obedience isn't always easy; however, though it may involve pain and sacrifice, honoring the Lord through it will be worth it every time.
Following this, the Commander of the Lord's army gave Joshua specific instructions on how to take the city. We are familiar with the story: the armed men and priests with trumpets and the ark of the covenant were to circle the city in silence once a day for six days followed by the seven laps on the seventh day. The trumpets were to be the only noise until just the right time.
"Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!"
There was a time for silence, and then there was a time for shouting. When we respond to the Lord's instructions with absolute obedience, there is always victory.
I have to note that I don't see in this passage of Scripture a question from Joshua to the Lord asking, "Why this way?" If I wait until the Lord's directions make sense to me, I will remain standing on the outside of my Jericho...standing just outside of victory though it is within reach.
There are walls in your life that need to collapse. I encourage you to just obey Him. Obedience doesn't require understanding, only faith.
Father, I want to trust You enough to step out in absolute confidence that You know the right way to take care of any obstacle. I don't have to understand. I just have to obey. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Joshua 6, 1 Samuel 15:22