Can you imagine how the people of Jericho responded when they saw Israel march around their city on day 1? Day 1 they probably were pretty intimidated and fearful. The news that Israel and their God had already spread across Canaan. But, as Israel retreated back to their camp after day 1, day 2, day 3 and then going through day 6 what about then? I imagine the people of Jericho were beginning to laugh at them, mock them, and getting pretty comfortable watching the them march around their walled city. This battle plan made no sense. Meanwhile, Israel was following specific instructions from the Lord, and waiting for that perfect day when they knew that the walls of Jericho would come tumbling down.
In scripture, 7 is often seen as a number of perfection, and here we see God instructing them to have 7 prints, 7 trumpets, 7 days, and on the 7th day march around 7 times. Talk about perfection! But what about the trumpets? It turns out that the trumpets that were used were called jubilee trumpets. These trumpets were used at feasts to declare the presence of the Lord. Here we see God’s chosen people claiming the land that God is gifting to them by blowing horns that declare His presence. (For more info on the trumpets see Numbers 10:10 and Psalm 24:7)
So what does this have to do with counseling? As believers, we are required to follow Christ’s instruction on a daily basis with little or no knowledge of tomorrow. This is a huge step of faith, but one that can bring monumental dependence on God. Perhaps, God was testing Israel to see if they would follow his instruction. They probably endured terrible amounts of mocking, ridicule, and possibly even doubt. But, even before this God had already proven himself in miraculous ways, and so they followed his seemingly senseless instructions. In the end, the walls of Jericho fell and Israel recognized that it was nothing of their own doing that led to the capture of Jericho, but God himself who conquered the fortified city. My 3 years old had asked a pretty heavy question that night, and at the time I didn’t appreciate the answer as much as I should have. But, the Lord is patient with me and thankfully spoke to me in those early hours of the next morning. Israel followed the Lord’s instruction even when it made no sense, and their reward was complete dependence on Him. Are you in the dark about how a specific situation may end? What daily instructions from the Lord are you following in faith, trusting that He will work His plan out in your life?