Day 8: Joshua 5:13 – 2:27
The Fall of Jericho
Ps Richard brought an incredible message just a couple of days ago about this very chapter. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to go and watch today. But, I just wanted to bring another thought on this chapter.
Right at the start of chapter 6 we read that the Lord comes to Joshua and says…
See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and soldiers.
What I love is that the verse is effectively saying… The battle belongs to the Lord.
We see it right through the chapters of Joshua at different times where God gives help for Israel to have victory.
We know throughout scripture that God goes before us. We’ve sung songs about God having the victory.
So why are we wearing ourselves out trying to battle the battles on our own?
God fights for us. God’s ways are higher than ours, His plans are different to yours or mine.
This doesn’t mean that we can sit down and allow life to just have it’s way with us, to allow oppression to happen or a war to erupt right in front of us.
REMEMBER, He has also given us a spiritual armour to fight with. (Ephesians 6)
So, if the battle belongs to the Lord – then how do we fight?
Here are some verses to remember when you are facing your Jericho.
The Lord is on your side!
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. (Deuteronomy 20:4)
Do not give way to fear.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
You are not alone. His presence is with you.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Be still. Rest in God.
Be still, and know that I am God.
You are blessed when you remain steadfast.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
You are an overcomer because your God is greater!
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
(1 John 4:4)
Whatever battle you are facing, remember God is in control. When we try to fight it ourselves remember God’s ways are higher than ours.
Finally, it’s God’s word that will strengthen you, stabilise you, fill you with faith and give you courage in the midst of your battles.
Ps Sophie McGuinness