And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” Joshua 6:2-5
The tension is mounting. It is time to enter the Promised Land. But there is a problem… Jericho is surrounded by an enormous, strong wall. There are huge towers and impassable iron gates.
When things look impossible, this is where God loves to work. He loves for us to know that it can only be Him who accomplished the task. Yes, we get to be a part of it, but it will be all His doing. He knows this is what we need to help build our faith and confidence in Him.
God lays out an interesting battle plan. All of the fighting men are to march around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day, they are to march around the city seven times. Hmmm…. not the battle plan I would have come up with. But wait, there’s more…
Once the city has been circled for the seventh time on the seventh day, the priests are to blow their trumpets and all the people are to shout LOUDLY. And the wall will fall down flat. It could only be God.
Time to go in, boys.
Questions: Have you ever thought that God loves to put us in seemingly impossible situations so we have to rely on Him? Have you ever been in a situation where only God could fix things? If so, how did He display His power? If not, pray that you will have faith to trust and see God when things feel too hard for you to accomplish or deal with on your own.