“And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout” (Joshua 6:10 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

As our pastor was preaching from this passage this weekend, the phrase I often told my children when they were talking too much came to mind – “Zip your lip.” We are a people who enjoy chatter. If you don’t believe me, observe how many cell phones are being used at the mall; in the grocery stores; the post office and even the doctor’s offices. It has gotten so bad that now signs are posted in the doctor’s offices to turn off your cell phone. The post office apparently has similar problems which prompted them to posted a sign asking customers to discontinue conversation on cell phones before going to the counter.

The Lord gave instructions to Joshua with a similar request. The Israelites were instructed to march around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days and on the seventh day to march seven times around. They were not to speak at all as they marched. I’m sure not speaking was harder than marching!

When we talk, the enemy knows what we’re thinking. Our words convey our mood to all who are listening. Today, let’s try talking less and marching on around the walls that are hindrances in our lives.

Pray: Dear Lord, help me learn that You don’t need my input to see walls broken down. Help me zip my lip and let You perform miracles in my life. You are an all sufficient God who is able to destroy the barriers that I am facing even today. Amen!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton


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