After Joshua led the children of Israel across the Jordan river, Jericho was the first battle which they encountered. Jericho had huge walls surrounding the city and they made sure that no one went in or came out to keep out Israel. God’s strategy for Joshua was to march around the city once for six days with all the men of war. On the seventh day, they would march seven times and then the Priests would blow the trumpet.
“And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him” (Joshua 6:5). The people obeyed the instructions from Joshua and as they blew the trumpet and shouted, the walls fell flat. Israel was able to go in and take possession of the city as God had promised (Joshua 6: 13-25).
The strategy of marching around the walls worked for Israel because they listened and obeyed God. It may not have made a lot of sense to the natural mind, how marching around a city would gain victory. God honoured their obedience and it was not by their power or strength, but by the spirit of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). Our battles belong to God and when we listen and obey his instructions, we are guaranteed victory.
There may not be physical walls standing in front of us, but some obstacles and challenges seem insurmountable. There is no barrier that is too hard for God to overcome. No problem too big for God to solve and every wall of segregation, separation, debt, illness is coming down in Jesus’ Name. We surrender this difficulty to God and we raise a shout of praise and glory to God because he has already promised us the victory.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).