“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven
days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish
with those who did not believe, when she
had received the spies with peace.”
Hebrews 11:30-31, NKJV
One of the most impressive cities of the ancient world was Jericho. It was a city of imposing structures. In particular, the wall that surrounded it was so wide it was said two chariots could travel on the top side by side. It was a fortress at the entryway to the land of Canaan intended for one purpose-intimidation.
Joshua faced the challenge of leading Israel forward by faith into the land of Canaan, but Jericho stood before them in opposition. It is interesting to note that as Joshua surveyed the city, he saw a warrior standing before him with a drawn sword. Joshua asked if he was for or against the people of Israel to which the reply came, “I am commander of the army of the Lord.” In other words, I have not come to take sides, Joshua. I have come to take over.
Submission precedes victory. Obedience provides victory. Confidence follows victory. How well we know “the walls came a tumblin’ down” without a fight but through the mighty power of faith. The believer faces many battles, but he who believes God, is victorious in life.
In life, we face many walls of opposition and intimidation to keep us from being and doing all God desires. But, like Israel, we must join with fellow believers, trusting God, stepping forward, claiming the promise and together expecting to share the victory.
“Oh, for a faith to utterly abandon the devices of naturalism, and to throw the church without reserve upon the power of the supernatural.”
– R.G. Lee
QUESTION: For many, opposition results in retreat. Intimidation increases fear. What about you? Are you backing off when God is calling you onward? Embrace His promise and step ahead!