Read:  Joshua 5:13 – 6:27

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 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 the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”  Joshua 6:2-5

It has been a long haul for the Israelites. 40 years of nomadic desert living. Days filled with dust and years repeating the pattern of rebellion, discipline and then repentance. They wore the same clothes and ate the same food day after day, all the while waiting for the Promised Land.

The time has finally come! The Israelites are on the precipice of something new – life in the land God has promised to them. They prepare physically with circumcision and prepare spiritually by celebrating Passover and reminding themselves of what God has brought them from. After 4 decades of wandering because of their lack of faith in God, they must trust him now with taking the fortified city of Jericho.

Thirty nine years earlier, the Israelites had the opportunity to trust God and defeat these people, but they doubted him and were too afraid to move ahead. Now, with years of experience in having to trust God for everything and seeing his faithfulness over and over again, they are ready to face the Canaanites again. And the Lord basically tells Joshua, “The battle is already won, follow my instructions and you will take the city.” And they do! The enemy was defeated before they even sounded the first trumpet or lifted the first sword.

We, as Christians, also fight a defeated enemy. We have a choice every day to either be like the Israelites at the beginning of their journey or like Joshua on the precipice of Jericho.

Life may look to be without hope for you right now. Hardships or sinful patterns in your life may seem too hard to conquer. But, do not be afraid. God has already won! Fight your spiritual battles like Joshua. Have confidence that He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

If you fall down, get back up. If you find yourself wringing your hands with worry, fold those hands in prayer, or lift them in worship to the source of all victory. Fight the good fight and finish the race, keep the faith!

God’s got you, you need only to follow him!

Father, Thank you that through Jesus’ work on the cross, we have hope. You have won the war. Now empower us to win the battles in which we find ourselves. Have your way in our lives. May we hear your direction and follow you. Amen

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