“For they will come out after us till we have drawn them from the city, for they will say, ‘They are fleeing before us as at the first.’ Therefore we will flee before them. Then you shall rise from the ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God will deliver it into your hand. And it will be, when you have taken the city, that you shall set the city on fire. According to the commandment of the Lord you shall do. See, I have commanded you.” –Joshua 8:6-8, NKJV
Joshua was a battle general. He led millions of people, overseeing the thousands of warriors needed to defend the nation. He relied on the Lord, and he strategized. These are not distinctly separate issues.
So often, we pray deliverance and twiddle our thumbs. We “wait for the Lord” like waiting for a bus. Or people created for action fuss and fiddle and uncomfortably fidget because they have fallen prey to the lie that “waiting” requires nothing.
Sometimes it does. But look around. How many Christians are actively pursuing the deliverance for which they pray? We pray for others’ deliverance from hunger–and go about our business, waiting for the Lord to move.
But just like Joshua led the army to the deliverance from the Lord, we are called to the same. If the Spirit is stirring something within you, do it. You may have been praying for something specific and waiting for the deliverance bus to drive by–maybe God is stirring within you the strategy to act.
The success of Joshua’s strategizing lay in one important verse. Review the last two sentences of the excerpt above. That’s okay–I’ll wait…..
…”According to the commandment of the Lord…I have commanded you.”
Joshua strategized according to the commandment of the Lord. He moved in line with God’s will. God may, or may not, have given Joshua the specific step-by-step. But more common is that God has given us experience and knowledge to know what to do next. He equips that we may live empowered to do His will.
Whatever God is asking, so do.
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