I wonder if the Hebrew children had as many words when they were traveling to the Promised Land. Maybe they had more, with so few distractions.
Most of us know about how the Israelites shouted and the walls of Jericho fell: "...the people raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city." (Joshua 6:20b RSV) Pretty cool!
I can't imagine keeping my mouth shut for one day, much less six. And with all my family and friends, are you kidding me!
I don't know if God's command for silence from his people was about engineering or obedience. I do know sometimes God calls us to do the outrageous, seemingly to test our obedience.
But maybe, it's more than obedience. Maybe we can only get to fully know him when we quiet the voices within and without, "Stand silent! Know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation in the world!” (Psalm 46:10 TLB)
Dear Reader, this is an incredibly hard lesson for me! A situation recently arose in our family that will have far reaching affects. Obediently keeping my mouth shut, trusting God for each new step, and believing in his omnipotence is a tall order for me.
How do you sustain obedience when God seems to demand the outrageous? How do you keep the Jericho walls in sight, and inspiring, when God tells you to, "Shut up, and drive"?