So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” Joshua 6:8-10
The first big city the Israelites encounter is the heavily defended Jericho. A thick, high, seemingly impenetrable wall surrounds the city.
However, the Israelites do not attack. An armed guard walks in front, followed by priests blowing shofars and carrying the ark. More armed men and the remainder of the people followed.
The troupe walks around the city. The only sounds heard are the shofars and the scuffing of feet against the dirt. The people do not utter a single word.
What a sight for the inhabitants of Jericho – an army that does not attack and a people that do not talk.
The people of Jericho see this same sight for the next six days.
I estimate the population of Israel at two to three million. That’s quite a number of people to keep quiet while walking around big city. However, obedience to God is essential to victory through God.
The same is true for you.
A victorious life in Christ always begins with your obedience to His word. To hear His word you often need to keep silent.
When the obstacles in your life seem too big to conquer, listen to God. With His guidance those obstacles tumble down.