Conquering Your Jericho (part 1)

by Christie Browning

Joshua 6:1-9 (NIV)  Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 

The story of Jericho has miraculous elements of God delivering a city into the hands of the Israelites by simple, unimaginable methods. The story starts with Joshua, Israel's fearless leader, facing a rather large obstacle, but God gives him a promise that victory is his.

Jericho more than likely sat on a hill and had walls about 30 feet high. The walls were thick, thick enough to have people walk around the top of the wall without having to pull a circus act. To the Israelites, the city seems like an impenetrable fortress. Even so, the city was nervous knowing that the Children of God were just on the other side of the wall. No doubt they had heard about the God of Israel and all He has done for them. So Jericho is shut up tight. The gates were "barred because of the Israelites." No one was going in or out. 

God gives Joshua a promise - Verse 2 says "I have delivered Jericho into your hands along with it's king and fighting men." Here Joshua stands toe-to-toe with a big ol' wall and no large army to take it down. He's herding the tribes of Israel made up of women, children, elderly... not the forceful, threatening force that would cause a city to take heed. But it wasn't the "army" that made Jericho nervous. It was the God that came with Israel. Joshua didn't need an army, he knew God would come through on His promise. It didn't seem likely, it didn't seem possible, but Joshua knew God's track record. 

What in your life do you need to conquer? 

  • Addiction
  • Marital issues
  • Financial problems
  • Illness
  • Job problems

I believe at some point we are all faced with our own personal "Jericho," something that just seems impossible to overcome. The situation may not look possible, but it's not your power that will make the victory come. No, it is in the God who delivers the victory to you that you stake your faith. 

There's now possible way for Israel to take hold of Jericho, and you may feel the same defeat, but God promised deliverance to Joshua and He offers the same to you. Just wait for the rest of this story....God does crazy things to make a winner out of Joshua and the Israelites. And there is so much we can learn from this example, so stay tuned!