The Wall Will Fall
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with
his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as
captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my
lord unto his servant? Joshua 5:13,14
And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.And seven priests shall bear
before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the
trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the
people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before
him. Joshua 6: 3-5
These few verses speak about the children of Israel finally entering Land of Promise, the Land that flowed with milk and honey. However, to
enter into the heart of the land they would have to conquer Jericho which was surrounded by walls that seem impregnable. The situation
looked impossible. As believers, I see a parallel here. I believe we have all felt like Joshua one time or another. We have been set free from
our Egypt but before us is a wall, or a barrier between us and someone that is keeping us from going all the way into the heart of the Land of
Promise – or as I think of it, the Spirit-filled abundant life. As a father, it might be between you and your son. Or as a mother it might be
between you and your teenage daughter. As a husband or wife it may be between you and your spouse. As a believer, it may be between you
and a brother or sister in the Lord. In these few passages we find in the life of Joshua, three elements that deal directly with the walls of
separation that keep us from all that God has for us.
1.) Submission. As Joshua scoped out the city, a Man with a sword in His hand appeared to him. Joshua asked “are you for us or our enemies?
In other words, whose side are You on? But as the Captain of the host of the Lord, the issue wasn’t whose side He was on. It was whose side
was Joshua on? When Joshua asked Him whose side He was one, He said Nay. In other words, neither. It was then that Joshua bows the knee
and changes the question to “What saith my Lord to His servant?” If we are to see walls flattened, we need to understand it isn’t between us
and them, good guys vs. bad guys. When Joshua realized who he was talking too he no longer gave orders he simply reported to duty. That is
how prayer ought to be. God always gives us His best when we leave the choice to Him. Too often we think prayer is giving the Lord our plan,
stand on faith and expect it to come. It is the wise person who shares their thoughts and concerns with the Lord but leaves the choice and
results with the One who sees the beginning from the end.
2.) Waiting for the Lord. For six days the congregation of Israel marched around the city of Jericho. Sometimes God has you and I go around in
circles until we get so dizzy and realize the wall is so high that we get to the point of helplessness. It is at that point, perhaps where we have
reached our wits end, that we simply give it over to the Lord and let Him control the situation. Sometimes we get so anxious that we try to work
things on our own. But reality is that there is nothing we can do until God moves in and does what only He can.
3.) Believing in the Lord. When their circling was complete, the Israelites were not to point, not to doubt but to Shout! While we are waiting for
God to flatten the walls in our lives, we are not to wring our hands in anxiety rather we are to clap them in expectancy. The Israelites were
commanded to shout before the walls fell; not when they fell or after they fell but before they fell. This was an expression of anticipation, a
proclamation of faith. That is where we should be. We should be those who have free access to the heart of all that God has for us as we
believe in Him, wait for Him and submit to Him. That is when the walls begin to fall.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy
paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
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