Monday, January 16, 2012

he shouted like a crazy person :: risk

With my 2012 "word" being risk, I am studying risk takers in the Bible.  
It's fascinating to learn these nuggets from Bible greats.

I've always loved the story of Joshua in the Bible.  God told him to do something crazy and he just did it!

blow the horn

Verse one of Joshua 6 describes Jericho as being "tightly shut."  Then wouldn't the logical thing to do have been to use force to get through the walls?  Instead God told Joshua to do something illogical and completely crazy...march around with horns for 6 days, and on the 7th, march around 7 times blowing trumpets and then shout.  Maybe God was going for the shock and awe factor?

march around

What's amazing to me is that, after God gave his instructions, it says Joshua called the priests and relayed the plan.  He didn't question God.  I wonder if he had ANY inner turmoil or if his faith in God was so strong that he knew obedience to the crazy plan was the only option.  Was he not scared to risk looking completely crazy? Did the thought, "What if this doesn't work?" ever cross his mind?

"When God speaks, take up the shield of faith and run the risk of looking crazy."

I ask because these questions are what first pop into my head.  However, God did not call me to sit idly by in my comfortable place.  No, He called me to trust in Him and obey, even if it means running the risk of looking completely crazy.

Scripture reference...Joshua 6.


9 comments :

tinajo said...

Nice pics - love the first one! :-)

Elisa | blissfulE said...

It's fun to see your Joshua blowing the trumpet and marching!

Bren said...

Great post, does make you wonder doesn't it? Maybe it didn't feel crazy to him at the time, just as we might take actions that when talked about later seem crazy!
Great stuff and love the photo op :-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I know. It is amazing, isn't it? I'm sure in my infinite wisdom [read as sarcasm], I would have asked what good it was going to do running around with a horn. How very sad to know I would have failed God. Makes me wonder how many, many times that may have already happened. Great post. blessings ~ Tanna

Tracy Jo said...

Wonderful post. I saw "We Bought a Zoo" this weekend. I don't know if you have seen it yet but there is a part that he tells his son...y'know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. So true! Faith, courage and taking a risk!

Jennifer said...

Love this, Jen! Yes, I wonder sometimes, too :) I long to live full out trusting like Joshua! I know I already said so, but I love your word for your year!

Cascia Talbert said...

That is a beautiful story!

MaryAnne said...

I'm enjoying this series - great photos of your Joshua to go along with it =)

Them Pates said...

Great post! I think too often we let our minds talk us out of what we know the Lord is calling us to do because it doesn't seem logical and we wonder what others might think...oh my...
Thanks for encouraging us to act in faith when we know we hear the Holy Spirit leading.
Keep risking!

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