Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us. –Psalm 123:2
Sometimes in our walk with God it can feel as if we are going in circles and not making any progress. I’ll be walking, making what I see as forward progress and then bam—I end up right back where I was. This can be deflating and discouraging. It causes me grief and doubt. I say why Lord? Why am I back in this situation again? Will I ever be delivered? Will I ever see breakthrough? Will the walls ever come tumbling down to set me free?
I asked the Lord this recently and His response was very simple:
The Lord showed me something in the story of Joshua and the destruction of Jericho.
And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days. –Joshua 6:14
They kept walking!
The walls didn’t fall after the first day. The walls didn’t fall after the second day. The walls didn’t fall after the third, fourth, fifth or sixth days of walking.
I’m sure during this process of literally walking in circles some of the Israelites thought, “What on earth are we doing? How is this making progress?” But despite any thoughts they may have had, they remained obedient and kept walking. Then finally, on the seventh day they marched around the city seven times.
And the seventh time it happened… -Joshua 6:16
The wall fell down flat!
If you feel that you have yourself been walking in circles I would like to encourage you to keep your eyes on the Lord. God does not measure success in the way we do—by accomplishments—He measures success on faithfulness, and He desires for you to keep walking. He desires for you to turn your eyes and look to Him until He has mercy on you.
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus. -Hebrews 12:1-2
- Joshua 5 & 6 – Reading Note – The wall of Jericho (ferlans.wordpress.com)
- 2 Kings 2:9 Ask Anything (writedownthesewords.com)
- Joshua 6:15-16, 20 And The Walls Came Tumblin Down (writedownthesewords.com)
- Joshua 7 – Reading Note – The Sin of Achan (ferlans.wordpress.com)