This past week my women’s Bible study was a blast. Jesus girls know how to blend spiritual growth with food and fun. After enjoying a helping of homemade enchiladas, a slice of pizza, finger food, and dessert (Yes, we love to eat.) we talked about Joshua 6: 2-5.
The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.”
Joshua 6: 2-5 New American Standard Bible
God gave Joshua a promise, victory over Jericho. Joshua completed what Moses had started; he led God’s people into the promised land. Can you imagine the faith it took for this military leader to march around a city, wait for the trumpets to blast, and then shout for victory? Yes, the walls of Jericho came down, and they were home.
Bring Down the Jericho Walls
Inevitably, we face a wall even when we know God’s promise is waiting on the other side. So, what’s your wall? How high or thick is that wall? If you’re facing a wall, let’s move toward our “promised land.”
You may think, Life’s hard, Marisa. I just need a break.
Yes, life is hard, but we don’t need a break when we have God’s promises. That doesn’t mean we won’t experience challenges. God often allows challenges to help us grow and prepare for the future.
There’s always preparation that precedes a favorable outcome. Education precedes graduation. Courtship precedes marriage. Pregnancy precedes childbirth. Internship precedes a promotion. Experience precedes wisdom and obedience precedes breakthroughs.
Stop Building Walls
Maybe you’re like me. The hardest part about walls isn’t the wall itself. I struggle with the self-made walls I create when I begin to doubt or fear. God, however, has a promise for every wall we face. Perhaps, Joshua struggled with the same issue, and God had to remind him, “Be strong and courageous,” Joshua 1:6 NASB.
God had a better plan. His people had something better than armed men or clever strategies; they had God’s presence. God did what no man could do.
How can we remain strong and courageous? Here are three ways we can build our faith while we wait for our walls to come down.
3 Ways to Build Our Faith
The Bible is our go-to source for inspiration, but reading books can inspire faith. Today, we can have a library of books stored on our smartphones or tablet. Kindle books, devotionals, or audiobooks are rich with spiritual content and perfect for summer reading.
Record every blessing from God. It helps us remain thankful, and we won’t forget God’s faithfulness in moments of weakness. When we are feeling vulnerable or discouraged, we can read the many ways God “suddenly” answered prayers.
Group gatherings are opportunities to hear firsthand accounts of God’s amazing love. Whether it’s organizing walking buddies or leading a Bible group, listening to someone’s testimony can ignite faith. Enjoy spending time with a community of believers this summer.
What has God promised you? God is faithful, so be strong and courageous. God himself will give you your promised land in His timing. God will do what we can’t do for ourselves.
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New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher’s commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.