Call to Worship

I’m an action-oriented person. I like to make things happen and get things done.

God knows this about me, of course. But it doesn’t seem to influence Him much in the way He orders my life. For instance, God currently has me in another season of transition.  He’s moving me out of one thing and into another—but the problem is, He hasn’t let me know yet into what! I am eager to know “the next thing.” I’m ready for Him to give me my marching orders. I want to get started already! Time’s a wasting!

So I try to help Him out and hurry things up. I analyze. I research. I seek counsel. I strategize. And of course, I pray. I practically make a pest of myself, asking Him over and over again what He wants me to do.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that God is not in the big rush that I am. He reminded me of that again this morning when I was reading in Joshua 5. The Israelites had just crossed the Jordan River. The long-awaited Promised Land was finally in sight—it was theirs for the conquering. And conquer, Joshua was ready to do.

As you may recall, Joshua, was Moses’ successor, and the commander of Israel’s army. He was a man of action, a strategist, somebody who liked to rally the troops and get the job done. I like Joshua. He didn’t let grass grow under his feet.

So one day, as Joshua no doubt was planning his strategy to take over Canaan, he encountered a formidable stranger. A mysterious man stood in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand.

Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”

“Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.”

At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said.

Then, Joshua said what any action-oriented person, get-things-done kind of person would say:

“What do you want your servant to do?”

I came to a dead stop in my reading. I knew the Lord was speaking directly to me. Joshua’s words could so easily be my own. How very often God hears me asking, “What do you want me to do, Lord?” “What’s my assignment, Father? Just tell me what to do, and I’ll get right on it!”

It was as if I’d never read the story before. I honestly couldn’t remember what came next. So, slowly, I returned to the page and resumed reading:

The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told. (Joshua 5:13-15, NLT.)

Stunned, I let the Bible slip from my lap. This was a call to worship, not to war. There were no marching orders for Joshua. Instead, the commander of the LORD’s army ordered the commander of Israel’s army to take off his sandals and worship. The grass growing under Joshua’s feet was holy grass on holy ground.

And, in those sacred moments in my living room this morning, I realized that God really isn’t interested in rushing me into my next assignment. He wants my worship more than my work. He wants me to be still and know He is God. He wants me to sit at His feet while somebody else works in the kitchen for a change. He wants me to let holy grass grow under my bare feet.

10 thoughts on “Call to Worship

  1. […] last week’s post, “Call to Worship,” I wrote about how God had powerfully spoken to me as I was reading a short passage in Joshua 5. His […]

  2. Jim says:

    Thank you for this. He wants my worship not my work. So cool my heals, and kneel!!

  3. Lea Ann says:

    Did you see the movie Fireproof? I have always loved the song that includes these words “worshipping while I’m waiting”. So there you go! Don’t you just love it when He speaks so clearly!

  4. Mary Thompson says:

    Sigh!!! is about all I can say. I will go worship NOW>

  5. Cynthia, thank you for hearing God’s voice and sharing it when I am too unnerved to do so.

    I have been pleading with God for years, jumping around like an anxious elementary-school girl, waving my arms, and repeating “Choose me! Choose me!” And when He chooses someone else, I sulk instead of cheering her on… . Did I mention like an anxious elementary-school girl? But God is patient, more so than any other teacher, and calmly says, “Be still, my child. You have some training to complete. Sit with Me and learn from Me.”

    Being part of the Lord’s army doesn’t always spell down ‘n’ dirty combat. There is training. There is a season of rest. There is a time of worship as you have stated.

    I needed the reminder that my worship and praise is more valuable to our Captain than the battles I fight.

    See you in a twinkling,

  6. Debbie Wood says:

    Wow, this couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. We keep pestering the Lord with the same questions! Thank you for your insightful encouragement Cynthia.

    • cbezek says:

      Thanks, Debbie. I’m always encouraged when I hear that God redeems and multiplies His work with me to encourage others, too. I hope you (and I) can enjoy rest and worship while we wait on Him!

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