Joshua 6:3-4 — “March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets” (NIV).
Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut, but at the same time believed you were doing God’s will? You might be rut in the center of His will right now! If so, feeling this way does not make you a bad or disobedient person; it means you’re normal. Most believers have felt “stuck” in God’s will at one time or another.
I want to share three words you need to remember when it comes to following God’s perfect will for your life. Conveniently, they all start with the letter p—promise, plan, and perform. God promised Israel in Joshua 6 that He was going to deliver Jericho into their hands (vs. 2). Then He gave them the plan they were to follow to ensure victory (vs. 3-5). After receiving the promise and the plan, Israel had to perform, or execute, God’s plan in order to receive the promise (vs. 6-20).
God has made similar promises to every believer, and He has given us the plan to receive them in His word. But most people miss out on the promises because they give a less than stellar performance when executing the plan.
As the Israelites paced around Jericho time after time, their steps no doubt created a rut. With each passing day, the rut grew deeper and deeper. They knew they were doing what God had said, but I imagine some thought He and Joshua were both crazy. Others probably got bored or wanted to quit. By day five or six, some of them likely begged for a change of scenery or a break from the monotony. And I’m sure the mighty warriors were itching to blow something up.
I want to encourage you today. Remain faithful and keep a good attitude as you follow God’s plan for your life. It’s easy to lose interest or give up when His will seems routine. You may feel like you’re in a rut right now, but I believe His promise to you is about to be fulfilled!
Hebrews 10:23 — Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (NIV).
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