“Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.’” [Joshua 6:2-7]
God is not interested in subduing your enemies, His aim is to defeat them. He is so confident in the near defeat of your enemies that all He asks of you is to walk with Him and to praise Him. Those were the orders He gave to the Israelites when their enemies were holed up inside of the walls of Jericho. Walk around the city and when the time comes you will shout in victory.
To do this took a lot of trust for Joshua and the Israelites. They had no other option though. They didn’t have the means to infiltrate the city. But it’s when we seem to have no other options that God loves to provide His option. And His option always requires trust. This is difficult, but when we look at how confident God has always been in His coming victory we are able to trust in His plan. Just look at the manner in which God called the Israelites to march. He called them to march for 7 days, with 7 priests blowing 7 trumpets. Seven is the Biblical number for victory. God knew the victory was already decided if only His people would choose to trust Him. Victory must be wrought in our hearts before it is seen in our lives.
Why do you think God had the Israelites march in the first place? He could have demolished the city on His own. But God is a God who wants our hearts more than anything else. He asked Joshua to lead His people around the city as a process of building trust. With each passing step the Israelites were forced to choose trust. I mean, can you imagine?? Walking around a city for 7 days? After one day of it I would have started to question what good this was doing. But that’s the thing about God. He’s not interested in giving us instant gratification. His desire is to raise up mature men and women of God who trust Him no matter how ridiculous what He asks us to do seems or how dire the circumstances appear.
If you read all of Joshua 6, you’ll see that God explicitly told them not to shout until the time of victory was at hand. And when the people all shouted in victory, the walls came crashing down! Can you imagine?! Simply shouting and then seeing an entire city collapse in front of you! That’s only possible because God had decreed it as time to tear down the wall. It’s no different today. God brings us through difficult circumstances to teach us trust and when the time comes His Spirit leads us to praise Him. It doesn’t make sense to start praising Him at the time though because the walls are still standing. It’s only once you actually start to praise Him that the walls come down. That’s because when we live in a place of trust God equips our praise to tear down strongholds.
There’s a prophetic nature to faith. It calls forth what is yet to be into the present even when it seems impossible. God loves us enough to bring us into the land He’s promised us but only when we choose to live by trusting Him. So ask yourself what is the stronghold in your life that you cannot overcome? Praise Him for the victory is at hand!