“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 week-end the phrase I often told my children when they were talking too much came to mind; zip your lip. We are a people of chatter. If you don’t believe it see how many cell phones that 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 had similar problems and posted a sign to discontinue your conversation on cell phones before going to the counter. The Lord gave instructions to Joshua with a similar request. They were instructed to march around the walls of Jericho once a day for six day and on the seventh day to march seven times around. They were not to speak at all as they marched. I’m sure that was probably harder than marching. When we talk the enemy knows what we’re thinking if he happens to be listening. Our mood is picked up by what we say. Today, let’s try talking less and marching on around the walls that are hindrances in our lives.
Prayer: 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