And the Walls came Tumbling Down
When the Israelites were facing the threatening walls of the city of Jericho, the odds were stacked against them.
The city presented a major obstacle to the Israelites, because it was right in the middle of their journey into the Promised Land. The walls were high, heavily fortified and tightly shut. No one was allowed to go in, and no one could go out.
Many believed that it was impossible for the Israelites to penetrate the walls, but God’s perspective was different. He saw that Jericho was already delivered to His people. Instead of using his military strategy, Joshua obeyed and followed the instructions of God.
“The Lord commanded Joshua to tell the people to march silently around Jericho for six days. And on the seventh day you are to march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast, have all the people shout as loud as they can” (Joshua 6:3-4).
Joshua 6:20 confirms that “The walls of the city fell flat to the ground and the Israelites went in and captured the city.”
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).
Many of us are facing many kinds of walls today: The wall of pride, the wall of selfishness and denial; the wall of un-forgiveness, bitterness and hate; the wall of doubt, discouragement and the wall of despair. These walls and many others can become major obstacles in our spiritual path, which drives a wedge between us God. He’s the only one that can bring them down, but we must trust and obey his instructions and believe that He will fight the battle for us.
So while you are waiting for the walls to fall, you are compelled to keep silent, keep marching, keep praying and keep following Christ until He gives you the order to shout in Victory!
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org