03/15/23 Unusual

READING: Joshua 6-8

The plan surely seemed crazy. Walk around the walled city once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day. Blow your horns and shout – and the city wall will collapse. . . not because you’ve attacked it, but because you’ve done what God has commanded. That’s exactly what happened in today’s reading, and the troops advanced to take the city of Jericho. 

It really was a most unusual battle plan. To be honest, though, it’s in some ways no less unusual than:

  • The God of creation stepping into that creation as a baby in order to redeem His people, not through building an earthly kingdom but by dying on a cross
  • That same God establishing His body called the “church” that consists of people who may come from completely different backgrounds all around the world, but who are truly “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ
  • That same God, through His Spirit, calling out pastors and missionaries to forsake all to follow Him and lead others to do the same
  • That same God who came to earth as a baby coming again as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to gather His own unto Himself 
  • That same God granting forgiveness, reconciliation, and life to people who rebelled against Him by their nature and their actions

It all really is unusual—but gloriously so. Only God could come up with such a plan. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: How amazed are you at the plan of God to redeem us?         

DAILY PRAYER: “God, thank You for Your amazing grace.”   


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