Joshua 6:20 "So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city."
The Israelites had waited 40 years to shout the victory cry.
Now they're at the goal. For six days they had followed God's commands and had marched silently around Jericho. Now it was the seventh day. Imagine the suspense...the eerie quiet building walls? Would the inhabitants of Jericho surrender without a fight? Would the Israelites make the right play? Then God gave the go-ahead: Sound the trumpets; shout for victory, and the walls of the city will collapse. Just as God promised, "the trumpets sounded, the people shouted," and victory was theirs. The Israelites conquered the city of Jericho, finally claiming their rightful place in the promise land.
The Israelites must have felt so relieved to claim a victory after so many years of waiting and preparing. Can we relate? Have we been feeling that we are in a holding pattern, that our circumstances are not changing? Do we long to have resolution, to have even a small victory? God is working even while we are waiting. Think of this time of waiting as a process that will eventually culminate in a victory. In the meantime, remain faithful and know that God is there with us, preparing us for battles, goals and victories to come. Amen