God had already promised to be with Joshua wherever he went ("Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 GNT). And sure enough, God started keeping his promise right off the bat.
Not only did God go with Joshua when he and the troops hit the road, God promised to exalt him. ("And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you." Joshua 3:7 RSV) Man, things just seemed to keep better and better.
But now it was time to take on the big dogs, so the Lord came to Joshua in a big way. God sent the "commander of the army of the Lord", drawn sword and all (Joshua 5:13-14). Once the commander had Joshua's attention, the Lord gave him his marching orders (Joshua 6:2-5).
In that moment, Joshua seems to show himself as a great man of God. He didn't ask God a bunch of clarifying questions (interrogate). Joshua didn't procrastinate about following God's directions. He went straight to the priests, then to the people. After he'd relayed God's orders, Joshua led the people in the attack on Jericho (facilitate).
(Joshua 6:20 TLB).
As I read this account, I couldn't help but wonder if the victory would have been as swift and complete if Joshua had questioned God, like his predecessor, Moses, did. Or what if he had put off following God's directions, you know, just to make sure he'd heard the Lord correctly?
Conjecture is easy from the cheap seats, isn't it? But how often do I pray about something, anything, then interrogate God when he seems to be giving me an answer? Do I swiftly follow his directions, or procrastinate? What would happen if, like Joshua, I immediately began doing my part (facilitating) of God's will?
Maybe it all comes back to learning/remembering to "trust and obey". Dear Reader, even if you don't need a gentle reminder, I have to admit that even after all these years,I occasionally do. Perhaps that's why the Lord thought it was a good idea for me to journey through the book of Joshua again. What scriptures encourage you when you need a little "blessed assurance" you're moving in the right direction on your journey?