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Obeying God doesn’t always make sense

June 20, 2023

Joshua 6:20
So the people shouted and the priests blew the trumpets. 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 in front of him, and they took the city.

When I was working as a youth pastor full-time, there was a specific time when I wanted to transition to adult ministry. I was battling for many months because I always believed that the Lord wanted me to remain in youth ministry. I thought it was the job, so I looked for another youth pastor position. During the interview, the senior pastor sensed that I needed to consider seminary. Well, a couple of months later, one specific morning, the Lord impressed upon my heart to call a seminary in Dallas (mind you, I am living in the Philadelphia area). It didn’t make sense because there were other seminaries nearby to attend and my wife was 6 months pregnant with our second child. However, the Lord politely commanded me to trust and obey. Well, I followed through with obedience and it changed our lives. With my wife almost eight months pregnant, we traveled 1500 miles on our third wedding anniversary. I graduated four years later which the following 15 years opened many opportunities of ministry.

During the Conquest of Canaan, the Lord commanded Joshua and the Israelites to conquer the city of Jericho. However, it was not through military artillery. It was simply marching around the city seven times, blowing trumpets, a ram horn and a great shout from the people. The Lord promised that after they accomplished this task, the city walls would fall flat. (Joshua 6:1-5) Does this make any sense? If someone was about to attack your home and the Lord said, “don’t grab your guns to defend yourself. Just fall on your knees and pray and I will take care of them!”, would you obey? Well, they obeyed, and the Lord followed through with His Promise! (Joshua 6:20)

Are you in a situation where the Lord is calling you to obey Him, but it doesn’t make sense? Could it be your marriage? You want to get out of it, but the Lord is telling you to remain? Your job? When we obey the Lord, we are promised to be blessed by God (Luke 11:28; James 1:25). It’s better to obey than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22).

Your parents were obedient to the command, “be fruitful and multiply” and you were born today. The Lord has created you in Christ to obedient living. Trust the Lord today amid impossible situations and see him do a great work!

Bruno G

     ’68 / ’89   Strasburg  PA

Bonus Verse 1 Timothy 6:20

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