Following Instructions

John Koedyker

READ : Joshua 6:1-21

By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. (Hebrews 11:30 NIV)

What is striking about these verses is the apparent tediousness of following God’s commands: March around Jericho every day for six days. And then, on the seventh day, march around the city seven times, sound the trumpets and shout, and Jericho will be yours. Sounds simple enough, but boring.

I can imagine after about the third or fourth day, the Israelites might have been getting a little tired of that seemingly useless marching. I can almost hear a few of them saying, “This is stupid. We must look like fools to the people of Jericho.”

Yet these were God’s instructions. This was his battle strategy for conquering Jericho. As the Bible often reminds us, God’s ways are not the same as our ways. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).

Obviously, the important thing for the Israelites was to have faith and keep on obediently marching. It was “by faith the walls of Jericho fell,” the author of Hebrews reminds us. Often God’s ways do not seem right to us. But he knows best, and our part is to listen and follow instructions.


Father, help us to follow your instructions in order to have the victory by faith. Amen.