Walking in circles
Joshua, a very influential leader of Gods people into the promised land, took command after Moses’ death. The Lord said to Joshua, “every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” God commanded him to BE strong and courageous, because He would be with him. Joshua took what he heard from the Lord and lead the people across the Jordan river. His cycle began as he led his people to march around the mighty walls of Jericho 7 times. Though, at the time, Joshua perceived this as repetitive as well as useless, God saw something else, THE BIG PICTURE. Though it seemed as though God had asked them to do something ridiculous, God was teaching them about having “full circle faith”. For six days, all they saw were the mighty walls of Jericho. Everyday they marched around those walls feeling like they were getting no where, they were literally walking in circles! However, on the seventh day, they saw those walls flatten to the ground, and God gave Jericho into their hands. They couldn’t have done it without circling around those walls, or those struggles or addictions we battle everyday. Each time we march around them it feels like we are getting no where.
Overtime, He is teaching you something new each lap around, until the seventh time he truly shows us what he has been doing for us while we were marching. He is not just letting us aimlessly march around our problems, or past hurts, He is teaching us endurance, giving us strength to deal with it face to face. He’s giving us an opportunity to look that thing in the eye and say God WILL bring me out of this, and I AM strong and courageous because that is what he commanded me to do. That is how I believe we should live our everyday lives. Don’t just march around everyday and say that you are getting no where, but ask God “what are you teaching me this time around?” or that person that offends you again for seventeenth time… “God what are you trying to teach me through this?” God is teaching us to have “full circle faith”. A faith in our God that he WILL bring everything full circle. Every time we marched around, God equipped us with tools, practical tools, to deal with that issue. Though it may seem like you deal with the same struggle over and over again, God is with you every step around, and He will never forsake you. He is on your side fighting for you more than you will ever realize.
After all that had happened, Joshua then gathered his people around for a “motivational speech” of sorts. He recalls the time that God brought their fathers out of the hands of Egypt. He put the darkness between them and their enemies, and He put the “hornets” in front of them, which drove their enemies out before they even got there. He gave them into their hand, but not with out marching, not without the cycle of attacks from their enemies. When you look back on all that God has done for you, you will notice that you are not where you used to be a year ago, or even a few months ago. That is the mindset we should have. We are NOT where we used to be but everything that God has brought me through He is bringing FULL CIRCLE. We will never understand in the midst of the journey, but when we look back we see that God was right beside us the whole time, preparing our way, strengthening our steps and putting darkness between us and our enemy.
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness… And CHOOSE THIS DAY, whom you will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the lord.”
– Joshua 24:14-15