Joshua 8: When the Door Opens
God times everything the way He wants to, and it is really not in our best interests to try to rearrange what He has set in motion.
Yesterday, we read about how the people of Israel tried to capture Ai, but they were thoroughly beaten. Of course, the reason that they failed was because they had seen among them, but the point is that they could not conquer the city in Joshua chapter 7.
Now, look at how Joshua chapter 8 begins.
Jos 8:1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
Jos 8:2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
Almost immediately, it is time to go right back to the city where you utterly failed. On one level, I wonder if Joshua was a little bit worried. I think that I might be a little bit nervous. Even though God was very clear that they would win the battle, Ai had some bad memories associated with it.
Nevertheless, Joshua went immediately, and they did indeed conquer the city through a very intelligent tactical scheme.
God closes doors at certain times in our lives, but if we ever find that one of them has been opened again, we can’t be afraid to do what God wants us to.
For a more real-life example, maybe you applied for a job at a certain company and you were sure that you were going to get that job. Needless to say, something went wrong and the job fell through.
Now, perhaps you really felt that God was leading you to work at that company. You would have probably been a little bit disappointed, but if another position opened up, you should apply again. If God really wanted you to work there, His timing was a little bit different than your timing, but maybe the second job was where you were really supposed to be.
Unfortunately, we have the luxury of always understanding God’s timing, but what we do know is that when He tells us to do something, we need to do it.