God’s Glory, Our good

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Thoughts on God

And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city. ( Joshua 6:16 ESV)

We have all heard the story of Joshua fighting the Battle of Jericho. If you grew up in the church, you might have even learned a song about it. It is a popular story that many are familiar with, but there is much to learn about the way God worked in this narrative.

Joshua was leading the Israelites into the promised land and it came time to take their first city. They arrived at Jericho only to face an extremely well fortified city. It didn’t look good for the Israelites. God then told Joshua to march around the city for six days and blow horns, and in doing so, they would win Jericho (Joshua 6:1-6). This sounds crazy, but it wasn’t, because God’s plan was to get the glory in the end. After the final shout and the taking of Jericho, there was only one person that could receive the glory, that was God. He does this in our lives as well. We might think we are up against an obstacle that cannot be moved, but we have a God who takes care of his people for his glory.

David Platt in his book Radical says about this scripture:

“This is how God works. He puts his people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness.”

Are you letting God display his greatness today, allowing him to work in you to overcome your obstacles?


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