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You Are Closer Than You Think

If you are someone who is waiting on the Lord for breakthrough you could probably agree that if you knew when your wait was going to end your wait wouldn’t be as hard or painful. Whenever Colby and I are in the car, I tend to act like a child with my “How much longer?” question. “How much longer? How much further? I thought by now we would be there.” Can you relate to these thoughts? I thought by now I would have the answer to my prayer. I thought by now my request would be answered. I thought by now I would have my baby or my husband or my house or my job or my healing.

Let me encourage you today that you are closer than you think! This sermon shared from Joshua 6:1-17 on this topic. As Joshua’s army marched around the walls Joshua knew exactly how many laps he would have to take. He knew after 13 times of marching around the walls, the walls would come down. How did He know? Because the Lord told him. However, Joshua didn’t relay that message to the rest of the army. He just told them to march. What if they had quit on the 12th lap? What if they didn’t realize how close they were to their breakthrough and would have given up?

So what do you do when your situation looks impossible and you still haven’t received your promise? In this passage it was easy for Joshua to look up and be intimated by the walls surrounding him. But, when He focused on the task given to Him and marched forward as instructed, the walls came down. How different would your journey be if you stopped looking at the walls and the problem in front of you and started looking at God? God has purpose in your wait so don’t miss out on what He is doing in your life because you are too focused on your problem. Instead, spend time praising Him and turn your focus from your problems to Him.

The walls didn’t come down the first time Joshua marched, but it took 13 times. Despite your faith and obedience you might not receive your results right away either. Just as He did for Joshua, when God gives you a promise He is going to give you a plan, so while outcome is God’s responsibility, obedience to His plan is yours. All Joshua had to do was follow God’s instructions to march and as promised in verse 5, when he did, the Lord would bring the walls down. Even if you have been obedient and seen no changes, keep on marching.

What motivates you to keep marching? Remember, just like Joshua’s prayers were pre-approved, so are yours! In Joshua 6:2, the Lord told Joshua the battle was already over! The confidence that Joshua had when he entered the battle is the same confidence you have access to today! From a human perspective your battle might be impossible, but from God’s perspective the battle has already been won!

So, will you continue to march even when your walls haven’t come down? Will you pray even when your prayers aren’t answered? Just because nothing tangible is happening doesn’t mean nothing is happening in you. Your victory is right around the corner. Don’t give up! You might be on your 1st lap and you might be on your 12th lap, but no matter what you are closer than you think. The walls WILL come down!

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35 Comments
  • Tayrina Gonzalez
    Posted at 07:51h, 06 November Reply

    Encouraging post for me today! I am closer, closer every day! Thanks for sharing this helpful and moving words to keep walking, waiting and trusting in God. Blessings

  • Betsy Herman
    Posted at 07:56h, 06 November Reply

    Although I left a comment on Facebook, I just wanted to say again – this is a wonderful perspective! Thanks for all you do! (And I have no idea how you have the time/energy to write so much along with a full-time job!) 🙂

  • Joy
    Posted at 08:17h, 06 November Reply

    Amen! With faith I believe that those walls will definitely come down. My battle has already been won. Praise the Lord!!

  • Erica Mackenzie
    Posted at 08:34h, 06 November Reply

    Oh my goodness, so timely and perfect. I am printing this and keeping it close by. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  • Amber
    Posted at 09:00h, 06 November Reply

    Good stuff! Beautifully said. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Elena Ridley
    Posted at 09:17h, 06 November Reply

    Very encouraging & so true! Thanks so much for sharing Caroline!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:36h, 06 November Reply

    Think how long people wandered in the desert… but you are right – every day is one day closer to where God is leading you… even including Home to Him!

  • pinkandteal27
    Posted at 09:49h, 06 November Reply

    It really encouraged me, thanks!! Praying for you guys as well!! It is so cool the joy that comes from praying for others!

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 10:04h, 06 November Reply

    Amen Caroline! What a wonderful encouragement! The walls will come tumbling down!

  • Elle
    Posted at 10:08h, 06 November Reply

    Amen, amen, and amen! Thank you for this writing this timely post. I so needed to hear this today! Blessings!

  • nina
    Posted at 10:24h, 06 November Reply

    I’m going to be praying through this on my lunch hour!

  • Mikki Jo
    Posted at 10:31h, 06 November Reply

    Thanks for the reminder…I’m waiting

  • Belinda
    Posted at 10:58h, 06 November Reply

    Along with all the other commenters, what a timely post. Sometimes I’ll randomly just tell my husband, “we’re getting closer, I can feel it.” And it’s true, we are definitely closer now than when we started 3 years ago. I love your outlook and your tip to focus on God, not the wall, not the problem, but God and His promises.

    Thank you, Caroline!

  • Heather J
    Posted at 13:12h, 06 November Reply

    This is my favorite post you have written! I have never thought of the story of Joshua like this, i’m reading in the book of Joshua right now and i’ve already passed this part, thank you so much for opening my eyes to something new about it! We must trust and keep marchin on! I needed this today!
    God is GREAT!
    -Heather

  • Angela
    Posted at 15:12h, 06 November Reply

    Great reminder to pray without ceasing, and that God is faithful ALL the time.

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 15:29h, 06 November Reply

    great perspective friend. 🙂

  • laurenbtrain
    Posted at 15:58h, 06 November Reply

    Love this post! The Lord has been so faithful to me and while sometimes I want to hear and know things on my timing, its an encouragement and great reminder to me to know that I am closer than I think and to hang on for the ride! xoxo

  • Cali Girl
    Posted at 16:38h, 06 November Reply

    “So while outcome is God’s responsibility, obedience to His plan is yours.”

    Right on, Caroline, I love it!!! God bless you today! And I have to share that the JOY God gives me in the Wait is soo amazing I am almost glad He is making me Wait!!

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 16:39h, 06 November Reply

    You are always so encouraging Caroline. I sometimes get discouraged when my prayers aren’t answered, but you’re right. I just need to continue and He will answer them!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 18:28h, 06 November Reply

    It’s so great to know that God always comes through on his promises. <3

  • threekidsandafish
    Posted at 19:05h, 06 November Reply

    Thank you for these words of encouragement! Sometimes God chooses to answer our prayers differently than we had hoped for.
    Cathy

  • Ashlee S. Barclay
    Posted at 19:33h, 06 November Reply

    This was right on time! My husband is struggling with some things at work and getting pretty discouraged. I have tried and tried to encourage him and remind Him of how God works in our lives. I just shot him text with a brief summary of your post – praying that it opens his eyes…at least a little bit! Thanks!

  • dawnshivers
    Posted at 20:37h, 06 November Reply

    I wrote about something like this: http://runholy.com/peace-in-pain-resting-in-gods-nature/ . Graham Cooke “the process series” is amazing on this topic. Really helped me as we are in a season of waiting right now. Honestly if I had known how long this season was going to be, I wouldn’t have made it this long!

    Lauren

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 01:48h, 07 November Reply

    Oh, Caroline! Such precious encouragement! I just sat and watched the entire sermon, and it brought me to tears. This has given me courage and hope to keep marching, in spite of the fact that I see no progress. I love the thought about just because we see nothing happening, does not mean something is not happening inside of us. God is preparing us, I have no doubt, and I just needed to be reminded of this. Thank you SO much for sharing this. I needed it more than you will ever know. God bless you for minding Him!

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 09:29h, 07 November Reply

    Very encouraging. We have to keep on marching. We have to trust the plan that God has for us.

  • Brandi Davis (@PenguinsinPink)
    Posted at 11:08h, 07 November Reply

    You always know what to say to encourage me. Heading over to check out the sermon now. 🙂

  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 16:01h, 07 November Reply

    Amen and amen! I am in a waiting season on some matters too. Thank you for the timely reminder and the importance of faith and obedience.

  • annageorgianna
    Posted at 18:18h, 07 November Reply

    I needed this exact post right now. Thank you 🙂

  • Tara
    Posted at 19:02h, 07 November Reply

    This is wonderfully true. It really is all about perspective–God’s perspective. God wants us to enjoy the journey as much as the arrival.

  • Jonathan Key
    Posted at 22:16h, 07 November Reply

    What a great encouraging post. The journey is so important. Sometimes we forget that while looking towards the end goal. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Melanie Blignaut
    Posted at 08:39h, 08 November Reply

    Such an encouraging post. You’re right, we might not know how close we are, but God does. 🙂

  • Chanelle
    Posted at 11:50h, 08 November Reply

    I love your heart and your faith. Such an encouraging post for everyone.

  • Katie
    Posted at 15:23h, 08 November Reply

    So inspiring!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 13:20h, 10 November Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! So many times I’m looking at those walls and thinking, “God, what are You doing? Where are You? Why haven’t I seen the other side yet?!” Thank you for reminding me to be patient and persevere.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:04h, 18 November Reply

    I don’t know if God has promised me a baby, but I do know this: “1And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”” So I will keep “bothering” God, lol 🙂 Actually, I want whatever His will is for me. It took me a long time and some hard circumstances to come to that point. But if He gives me a baby, I know He wanted to, and if He doesn’t, then that is His will – and where else do I want to be but in His will? Nowhere else. 🙂 And in the meantime I will keep praying and waiting hopefully 🙂

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