April 2018

THE WALLS

The walls of the city of Jericho in the time of Joshua were impressive. Houses or apartments were part of the structure. The city had the best defense for the technology of the day. The only way known to defeat such a fortress was a long siege. This stronghold was unconquerable for an army of desert wanderers.

Joshua’s army was different. His soldiers were raised on God’s miraculous daily provisions. Further, there was a cloud, which also appeared like fire at night, that reminded the people of God’s presence. This army had faith. Because they trusted in the Lord, they were unimpressed by the size of the great walls of Jericho. They were accustomed to the power of God.

Then the LORD  said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 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. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout: then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” (Joshua 6:2-5)

Just as God had promised, the walls of the city fell. The miraculous power of the Lord destroyed them in an instant. The impenetrable fortress was defeated. Is anything too hard for the Almighty?

We face situations that seem impossible. These are the moments that define our faith. Are we overwhelmed by the size of our problems? If God is calling us to “advance” are we willing to follow?

Dear Father, You clearly understand the challenges that I am facing. You also know my fears, past failures, and doubts. I ask that You will strengthen my resolve, empower me with the Holy Spirit and lead to victory. I cannot do this without You. You are a mighty worker of miracles. Therefore, I trust You with my life. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.