Since 1989, a project has been underway to build a clock which will tick once a year for the next 10,000 years, move the century hand every 100 years and mark each millennium with a cuckoo appearance. The project, alternatively termed ‘10,000-Year Clock,’ ‘Millenium Clock,’ and ‘Clock of the Long Now’ aims to promote long-term thinking, beyond the immediate here and now.
Just as physical clocks mark the passage and milestones of time, so too can spiritual clocks help keep us attuned to the various seasons and phases of our walk with God, while also keeping our eye on the ultimate end goal. Following the model of the Jericho conquest, here is a ‘New Year C.L.O.C.K’ we can set for ourselves in 2021 and beyond:
Consecrate (Joshua 5:2-9)
The Israelite generation which complained against God despite his awesome deliverance from Egypt and miraculous provision in the desert had died out. Now, the next generation was ready to leave the wilderness. But first, Joshua called for the congregation to be consecrated by way of circumcision; thus honoring and renewing God’s original covenant with Abraham. In response, God ‘rolled away the reproach of Egypt’ from the people (v9), wiping their slate clean and preparing them for a new beginning.
How can you consecrate yourself before the Lord today and prepare yourself to enter a new year / season?
Listen (Joshua 5:13 – 6:5)
Shortly after the consecration, Joshua encountered the Commander of the Lord’s army. His immediate reaction was to fall facedown to the ground and ask ‘what message does my Lord have for his servant?’ (v14). Joshua then listened intently as the Lord laid out the battle strategy for conquering Jericho (vv2-5).
God shows up when we prepare our hearts to receive Him. Are you attuned to His voice and the message He has for you?
Obey (Joshua 6:6-20a)
Joshua embraced the Lord’s instructions and shared them with the priests and army. Then he led the army in executing the God ordained battle strategy to the letter. He didn’t scrunch up his face in confusion and ask God what marching around the city could possibly accomplish. With military precision, he obeyed God promptly and completely.
How do you respond when you don’t quite understand what God is asking you to do? Let us pray for the grace to obey God promptly and wholeheartedly, for His ways and thoughts are higher than ours and far beyond our comprehension.
Conquer (Joshua 6:20b)
God rewarded Joshua’s obedience with a swift overthrow of the city. Jericho’s renowned wall crumbled to dust as Israel shouted to the Lord; Halleluyah!
May you experience swift and complete victory as the Lord fights on your behalf and conquers your enemies in Jesus Name!
Keep (Joshua 6:21-25)
As the Israelite army stormed the city, Joshua made sure the spies who had scouted the land kept their promise to spare Rahab and her family in return for her kindness to them. Honoring this commitment paved the way for Rahab to take her historic place in Jesus’ lineage.
Do you make it a priority to keep your promises / honor your commitments? It can be easy to make vows when praying for a miracle/breakthrough, only to forget them in the aftermath of victory. Numbers 30:1-2 states “This is what the Lord commands: when a man makes a voew to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.” May we resolve to keep promises made as we cross the threshold of the new year.
Happy Timekeeping and Happy New Year!