Do you get irritated by someone asking various and seemingly endless questions? I have a confession to make. I would be that person-not the irritated one, but the highly inquisitive one. I love research and digging for answers. No wonder the Indiana Jones movie series suit my fancy. The Bible is full of characters seeking answers. Some asked questions of God, for example Mary, who probed how she could be pregnant never having known a man, while other’s inquiries questioned God Himself. One example includes Zacharias, who challenged a prophecy regarding the promise of a son. While Mary was answered and honored, Zacharias was made mute because of his unbelief until his son’s circumcision on the eighth day. At this ceremony, Zacharias regained the ability to speak when he announced John’s name as foretold him by the angel Gabriel. The Pharisees cross-examined Jesus for the intent purpose to trap Him. Their queries back-fired. The Bereans sought out the Scriptures to verify what was taught aligned with the truth. They wanted to expand their minds. Seeking knowledge and direction is not in opposition to God as long as He remains the prerogative.
Joshua 5:13-15 NKJV takes us in history where the Israelites had just crossed the Jordan River under Joshua’s leadership. The passage states, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or for our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ Then the Commander of the LORD’S army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” Joshua was the protege and successor of Moses. The LORD had equipped him to lead the people of Israel. Although the text does not elaborate, Joshua took his charge seriously and undoubtedly had meetings, plans, and strategies to overtake the giants in the land of Canaan that he, one of the previous twelve spies, had seen. He had witnessed their formidable foes firsthand. He therefore knew they would need ample preparation for victory in taking over this new land. When Joshua sees the Man with the sword, he was so focused on the task at hand, that he asks what side this Man was on. Joshua’s physical concerns blinded him spiritually. Not only was Joshua’s question not answered, but he was told exactly who he was questioning. We can be confident that the LORD Himself appeared to Joshua and not an angel, because Joshua fell down with his face to the earth and worshiped Him. Other accounts of angels appearing to men where they attempt to worship are rebuked. Worship is for God alone. The real answer to the interrogation was not which side this Man with the sword defended, but that He had come. God’s Presence is the key to proceed any direction we need.
Whether you ask ample questions like myself or require guidance, the Word is clear how to move forward. Joshua’s encounter with God, a DIVINE INTERRUPTION to his own plans and strategies silenced his questions and evoked humble worship. Silence and humble worship. Of course this makes no worldly sense. We want to plan and execute and oftentimes God is excluded. Even if we do say a desperate prayer or ask others for the same, rarely is it focused on basking in the Presence of God but in the presents He can give us. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” The emphasis is trusting God and acknowledging Him. Far too often we hone in on the directing our paths part. Yes He will do it, but the premise of the promise is the trust and acknowledgement of Him. Joshua’s point of convergence was on competing sides. By DIVINE INTERRUPTION, God showed him that He had come and that was more than enough. Are your struggling over choices or directions? Do the thoughts taunt your mind causing stress resulting in not knowing what to do? Where is your focus? Do you think more about the question or acknowledge the One who is omniscient? Whatever you meditate on the most-mull around in your mind, is what you will worship. Ask God for a DIVINE INTERRUPTION that He may come. Take time to be silent and worship Him in humility. Do not miss your answer in the quiet due to noisy internal distractions. It is He who will direct your paths.