Let The Walls Fall Down

“And the LORD said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.”

Joshua 6:2


You don’t have to be a small child to enjoy singing the old praise and worship song, “Let The Walls Come Down.” I remember every time we as a church would sing that song I would smile imaging what it must have been like that day when God brought down the walls surrounding the city of Jericho as the children of Israel let out a shout at the sound of a trumpet. You recall the story in the book of Joshua when the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan River into the land of milk and honey that life wasn’t going to be a giant picnic regardless of how big the fruit on the vine was. They were going to have to fight to take possession of the land and that would require them to drive their enemies out. The task might seem insurmountable when the children of Israel arrived at Jericho, a fortified city with outer walls that were eleven feet tall and fourteen feet wide. Because of those walls the city was virtually impenetrable, at least by human effort.

Most conquests were won one of two ways. One was to overpower your enemy by going into the city and taking them on in hand to hand combat. The other way was to surround the city and wait them out. Eventually the cities inhabitants would run out of the necessities of life and would surrender. The children of Israel were preparing themselves for the later when the Lord spoke and told them that He had given the city into their hand, its king and all the mighty men of valor. What the children of Israel didn’t know was how.

The good news of the gospel today for those in Christ Jesus is we too have been promised the victory by the Lord. Our enemy isn’t physical but spiritual. The weapons of are warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. The same way God told the children of Israel to march around the city and then let out a shout the Lord is calling us to walk by faith in our battles today. It took great faith and patient endurance for the nation to believe that marching around a city could achieve victory because they understood that it wasn’t the marching that brought the wall down it was God Himself.

The same is true for us today! Our human efforts won’t bring about the victory that is needed in our lives today but faith in God and in the promise of His word will. The children of Israel were obedient to God and enjoyed the victory in the same way you and I can enjoy victory today in ours. Walk by faith in patient endurance today loved one, take God at His Word even when it stands in the way of human reason and what you think would work to gain victory. There are no short cuts with God as His ways aren’t natural, they are supernatural! Nothing is impossible with God the children of Israel would come to know. May you and I come to know that truth in our own lives today as too as we keep marching and keep praising Jesus today with shouts of joy waiting and watching as the walls fall down!

 
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.”

Proverbs 21:31 (ESV)


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Michael Osthimer

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