By: Amy Freeman-Nichols
Joshua 6:4 says, “And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.”
God is long-suffering. He knows how to wait. He knows how to be patient. He knows how to “psych” out the enemy. The story of Jericho is a perfect example. For seven days, long days if you were the residents of Jericho, God and Joshua psyched the city out.
First thing each morning they lined up. The armed men went first, then the seven priests who blew their horns each day. (I always thought it was quiet for 6 days but that was not the case. Go read it again.) Next the ark of the covenant followed by the people. The people were quiet, but the horns were blaring!
Imagine being in the city. You wake up with a start, “what’s that!?” Horns, “whose blowing those horns?” The city is locked down. Imagine waking up and wondering if your city is being attacked. For six days you wake up to horns and every day the people inside the city are trying to catch a glimpse of what’s happening outside the city. For six days people are talking amongst themselves. Questioning, hypothesizing, wondering what those crazy Jews are doing.
It’s the seventh day and again, the horns begin to blow but wait…they didn’t stop. They continued on and on and on. This could have lasted for several hours to most of the day. Tensions had to be tight in the city. There’s no way to stop the sound of those horns. It’s like you could hear the people’s footsteps, even their breathing, and they are outside the wall. Meanwhile, the people in the city are holding their breath, they are practically motionless, paralyzed by the uncertainty of the day.
God has toyed with Jericho. He has discomfited them. Have you ever seen a cat play with a mouse? He doesn’t just kill it. He bats it around, he frightens it, he keeps it scared. It’s enough to cause one’s heart to fail from fear.
Here is the good news, as good as God is at psyching out the enemy, as good as he is at toying with the enemy and waiting the enemy out, he is just as good at waiting for sinners to accept him.
Praise God for his long-suffering towards us. Praise God his mercies endure forever! Praise God for his patience and his love. Good things come to those who wait upon the Lord, because the Lord is patiently putting together their miracle.
In the end, the walls came down. Jericho was seized, and God got all the glory. It was the perfect ending.
It’s important that we give God all the glory when he answers, delivers, saves, and heals us. 2 Peter 3:18 declares, “To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Amy-Freeman Nichols is the author of Think On This Devotion/Bible Study series. She is the founder of I Am The Preacher’s Wife and half of the dynamic duo of Appointed2, a Christian Country evangelistic ministry.