by Christie Browning
It was the Israelites vs Jericho's city wall. (read part 1 here)
Joshua had led the Israelite nation to the walls of Jericho and God had told him that He would deliver this city into his hands. But how? Joshua didn't have an army and certainly there were no stealth attacks in play when Jericho knew they were on the other side of the wall.
But yet, Jericho had locked its gates and the Scriptures say "the gates were securely barred because of the Israelites." We pick up our study on Joshua 6: 1-9 in verse 3:
"3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
On the surface, the plan was simple; march around the city for six days. But had I been where Joshua was, there would have been an element of "What?!? Are you serious? That's the grand plan?"
But thankfully Joshua was a great man of faith and he believed so firmly on the promise God had made him that he goes ahead and sets the march in motion.
If we want to conquer our "Jericho" in life, we have to first be willing to stand firmly in the promises and truth God has given to us.
The truths and promises of God are bankable, and we can stand on the sureness that God doesn't change and He is just and right. But...we have to know those promises before we can believe in them. If you read the first five chapters of Joshua you will see a leader who knows God intimately. This incident with Jericho didn't just happen and it surely wasn't the first time Joshua had received direction from God. Joshua knew God, knew how to discern His voice and heed His direction.
To conquer our "Jericho," we have to understand and know God's voice and direction intimately and personally.
Notice that Joshua knew exactly how many times to march around the city. He heard God's plan and initiated each detail. He didn't run ahead and try to force the invasion. Even when a forceful attack would have been more expected and would have made more sense, Joshua stuck to God's plan and trusted that God knew what He was doing.
Are you and I that way? Are we able to decipher the truth and know God's direction in the midst of our troubling or tough circumstances? Where is your hope and confidence? Is it in what makes sense or what can be seen? Or is it in the God that parts the seas and frees the captives. Jericho thought they were unbeatable with their locked gates and impenetrable walls, but they didn't plan on the supreme power of God and the faithfulness of a generation.
Your "Jericho" may seem like the heavy-weight champion of the world, one that can't be knocked down. But consider the reality of who God is and what He promises His children. The same God who parted the seas, freed the captives and brought down the walls of Jericho is the same God who looks over your shoulder and sees the bills that can't be paid, marriages that seem to be dead, children that seem to be lost. He knows what you're facing and He has a plan to reduce those troubles to rubble.