Today’s reading: Joshua 6
Key verse: The Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.- Joshua 6:2
Someone once said, “I don’t mind obstacles as long as they do not get in my way.” Jericho was a huge city surrounded by two enormous walls. The walls towered four metres high and were two metres thick. Soldiers filled the space between the walls which stood four meters apart, and watchmen stood at every gate.
Joshua and the army faced with some choices. They could scale the walls, and get killed. They could try and smash down the gates, and get killed. They could tunnel underneath, and get killed, or they could trust God.
Joshua had to overcome his preconceived concepts of how cities should be conquered. He was powerless to overcome the enemy with his own strategies. He would have to rely on God (See Joshua 6:1-5).
Too often, we journey through life with our own ideas of how things should be done. We forget the warning of Proverbs 14:12, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
Like Joshua, we all face obstacles which seem colossal and like Joshua, we need to get a proper perspective of the battle we face. Joshua needed to take his eyes off the giant wall and onto his God, who is much bigger. If we fix our eye on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith, he will grant us the faith that brings down walls. (See Hebrews 12:2).