I'm Ready for the Walls to Fall!
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......
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city 7 times ....when the trumpets sounded the people shouted .. the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in and they took the city. ........ So the Lord was with Joshua and his fame spread throughout the land. (Joshua 6:3-5, 15, 20 and 27)
I am ready for the walls to fall but my 6 days must not be up yet!
When I read this scripture last night, besides being fascinated with Joshua's story, I realized it has meaning for us today. In the story, the wall surrounded Jericho. God promised Joshua that He would deliver Jericho into the hands on Joshua and his men. To get to the city and declare it for the Lord, the walls had to come down.
Now, God could have taken down the walls a lot of different ways. But He gave very specific instructions for Joshua and his army. For 6 days they were to march around the city/the walls once per day. On the 7th day, they were to march around it 7 times and then shout. After doing exactly what God asked them to do, the walls crumbled on that 7th day when the people shouted. Joshua and his men were able to go into the city and take it over--devoting it to God.
What if Joshua and his men had just skipped the 5th day? Or what if on day 6, they just walked half way around? Or what if instead of 7 times on the 7th day, they just did 3 and then gave the shout? Would the wall fall? I don't think so. Maybe they would have had to start all over. Maybe they would have been killed by the men of Jericho.
So, what does this all mean to us today?
I relate this story to things that we are trying to overcome in our lives. Those things are our Jericho. Collapsing the "walls" and overcoming that "thing" is the ultimate goal--the prize--what we've been praying for--a breakthrough--deliverance.
I believe that God expects us to do certain things to get to our "Jericho" and overcome it. (to see a breakthrough) Sometimes it is just so hard. We want to see breakthrough so badly. We are tired. We are afraid. We are anxious and maybe even a little lazy. We don't want to march around the city everyday. We don't want to do it exactly God's way. Maybe we even give up and have to start all over. But to see the "walls fall" we've got to do it God's way and in God's time.
One example I can think of is when we are praying for a particular breakthrough. We may have to pray multiple times a day for months or even years before God says that we are in the 7th day and can give a victory shout and watch the walls falls. But we have to keep praying--just as God instructed. Chances are God has also instructed us to do other things as we work toward our breakthrough--depending on what it is. Just as He asked Joshua and his men to march a certain way, carrying the ark , with the trumpets etc.
One thing that we know for sure is that God always keeps His word. We have to keep circling our Jericho with prayer and any other instruction God has give us until God lets us know that the 7th day is here and gives us the okay to "shout"! Then suddenly the walls will fall and breakthrough will come!
On that day, we must remember to give God the glory just as Joshua and His men devoted the overtaken city to God. And we will be richly blessed.
I'm definitely ready for the walls to fall for some of my Jerichos! But I guess my 6 days aren't up yet.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving me Your Word. Thank You for the story of Joshua and for showing me that it has meaning in my life today. Forgive me for the times when I don't feel like "marching around the walls of my Jericho". Forgive me for letting myself get discouraged and fatigued. Thank You for always bringing me new energy by way of Your word or the encouragement from another. Help me to always seek Your will first and to obey You. I wish to surrender every part of my life to your perfect will.
***** THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all of you that responded to my prayer requests from my last blog. You have no idea how moved I was by your comments and the knowledge that I had a circle of people interceding for me. I was overwhelmed with emotion and appreciation. I believe that God will honor your prayers. *****
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