December 9th - Day 13 | Promises: An Advent Family Devotional
“2 And the Lord said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 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 6:2-5
Have you ever been in a fight?
I don’t mean a tiff with a friend where you felt so insulted “you just can’t even”. I am talking about an actual toe-to-toe tussle with fisticuffs flying.
As the people of God came to the city of Jericho, I’m sure they thought they were in for the fight of their life. The walled city must have seemed impenetrable. The reassuring words of Rahab provided comfort, but they no doubt believed a major battle was coming, even as Joshua revealed their battle plan from the Lord.
As the walls of Jericho were shut up tight, God told His mighty warriors to WALK. They wouldn’t breach the walls, they wouldn’t shout screams of intimidation. They would simply walk around the walls once each day, then seven times on the seventh day. As they rounded the corner of the seventh lap, the priests would lead the assembly in blowing horns and shouting in worship and victory. Can you imagine Joshua explaining this battle plan? “So we are just going to walk, then shout?” The entire nation was faithful to obey the instructions of the Lord. As they followed Him, as they shouted, the walls came tumbling down. They rushed in to take the city because the Lord had given them the victory!
Following God doesn’t mean we won’t have to fight battles, but God has promised to lead us through every battle we face. If we follow Him, He will lead us to victory. As you hang your ornament, remember, God has a plan for every battle you face today. Follow Him, and you will see victory!