GREAT EXPECTATIONS—AND DON’T FORGET RAHAB
“I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the might men of valor”. Joshua 6:2.
It’s that time of year when school starts. Multi-colored book-bags and college students form long bookstore lines; uniforms, school supplies, and new students herald the first day of great and heightened expectations. The “I have given…” phrase reverberates and beckons. It’s that intriguing part of English grammar, the present perfect, a mix of the past and present, that piques interest. “I have given” –I began giving at some point in the past, but the giving has not yet ceased, because there are more expectations of events to unfold. I gave you at the Red Sea; I gave you manna in the wilderness, and I still have more to give—I have given, but I am not done yet. Present and past become inextricably intertwined.
The children of Israel are outside Jericho’s walls, formidable and ominous, and seemingly impregnable. Life’s like that too, ominous and scary at times, with its great walls of uncertainty, but amidst all, “great expectations” are always present, for God never stops giving. God has great expectations, and gives clear instructions of how to realize those expectations. God never expects us to do anything without giving the precise instructions, combined with our actions through faith. Joshua then forms those instructions into an action plan, as the human links with the Divine, for God uses frail humans as instruments to deliver action. As a consequence, results are assured. Is God not expecting great things of leaders, to whom He gives precise instructions, with an action plan for delivery to achieve the desired results? God’s instructions are clear, for Joshua rose “early in the morning”. Joshua repeats now–march around the city once for six days, but on the seventh, seven times, and have the priests blow the trumpets and shout when the command comes. The marching order follows: first, the army, then priests with trumpets, then the ark, and lastly, the people—no talking, murmuring, whispering, shouting or noise—complete reverence. The result? The walls of Jericho will fall, so the results become evidence of the expectations realized—Israel enters the Promised Land.
Leaders have a responsibility to share clear instructions from the Divine expectations and with an action plan full of faith and obedience. God EXPECTS, and INSTRUCTS. Man ACTS on God’s instructions in order to fulfill the Divine EXPECTATIONS, to deliver the desired RESULTS and what God expects, He inspects. Yet in all the leadership quests, don’t forget Rahab, some student perhaps, or member, who is lonely and lost. What a great God! “I HAVE GIVEN…” What a great God…my soul sings all the way past Jericho. Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and what about you today? Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho . And here’s another bonus song for you this morning. How Great Thou Art