When You’re Pretty Sure God Is Nuts

It’s ok to question God. If you didn’t, I’d wonder if you’re actually breathing. {Image credit: yupiramos / 123RF Stock Photo}

We all get to a point in our lives of faith where we wonder what the heck God’s thinking. Life will be tootling along just fine and He’ll tug our hearts to do or say or change something that seems completely odd or unexpected.

At least we’re in good company. People all through the Bible had those “What??!” moments with God. Recently I’ve been reading through the book of Joshua and this passage jumped off the page (you’ll see why in a minute):

“Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.'” – Joshua 6:2-4

Ok, let’s just picture this for a moment.

“Josh,” God says, “You’re going to take this enormous, fortified city with bazillion-foot-tall thick stone walls. Here’s how: walk around it a bunch of times. Then play music.”

“What???” Joshua had to be thinking. But, since he’d already survived on about 60 years of manna and seen both a sea and a raging river open into walkways, he probably just went with it.

Fast forward to the actual walking. Day after day of walking around this city’s wall. Look up and see it extend high into the sky. Look at the stones. Touch them. Rough, thick, unyielding.

Day after day, Joshua and his men brushing up against the harsh reality of a city they have no human hope of overcoming. These weary, homeless wanderers.

“See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands,” said God.

No, I don’t see, actually. They couldn’t either.

Can you?

Can you see how that wall you’re walking around in your own life could ever fall? Does it even seem likely that those stones you brush past—the circumstances and words and broken hopes—could even crumble into dust so you can see victory?

I know I can’t. Friend, I’m walking Jericho right now as we get ready to begin my sweet, broken girl’s homeward journey. She doesn’t seem ready. She’s fighting closeness, keeping walls high, acting out. I’m scared and don’t have any physical proof to go on—nothing in our history together that would make me think this fortified city of her heart will ever melt and see victory.

You’ve got something like that, too. I know you do. As long as we’re here on this earth, God’s going to ask us to face, walk around, and trust Him for things we can’t, for the life of us, see turning out well.

Will you start the walk anyway? One foot in front of the other? Seeing the high walls, the hard stone… but seeing Him more than that?

“See, I have delivered Jericho {this bastion, this obstacle} into your hands,” He says to us.

Join me in trusting that promise for what you face today? Even if we can’t see how it will ever work out?

If anything, it’s sure to be an adventure.


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  1. Carey Scott says

    Laurie… I see you. I love how you are choosing to be vulnerable with us. It teaches us to do the same. And yes… I’ve faced a million Jerichos. They’ve looked impossible and I’ve felt silly for thinking they could be delivered into my hands. But I’ve seen it happen. I’m praying you see this same deliverance in THIS circumstance. I love you.