“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” Hebrews 11:30
The children of Israel had crossed the Jordan River and set up their camp according to the instructions that the Lord had shown to Moses. Joshua was now their leader and it was time for them to begin to possess the land.
Jericho was the first city that they would attempt to take. The two spies had spent time there so they knew how fortified the city was and what they would be facing. Joshua gathered them together and explained how they were going to take the city. When Joshua met with the Lord, asking Him for wisdom and direction, God had given him strange instructions, something never heard of before.
Each day for six days they would march once around the city of Jericho. The armed men would go first, followed by the priests with their trumpets and the ark of God. The rest of the company would follow. On the seventh day, they were to march around seven times and when the priests blew their trumpets, they were to shout with a loud voice.
Can you imagine how confused the people of Jericho were as they watched this strange procession every day? No doubt by the seventh day, they decided it was all a big joke, and so were not prepared for the walls to come tumbling down.
God had given Joshua a strange strategy for battle, but as the people obeyed, God gave them the victory, and they conquered the city. Trusting the Lord and obeying His instructions will always result in victory.
Often when we are going through trials and battles, we may try to work things out on our own. If we could only remember that our first step is to go to the Lord in prayer, seek His direction, and then wait for His instructions. He sees what we cannot see. He knows exactly what we need. When we leave the battle in His hands, victory is sure to follow.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Prayer: Thank you Jesus that you are always fighting for us. The battle belongs to you and by faith we rest in the assurance that you know what is best for us.
Devotion by Anne Johnston