Thought For the Week Continued
“Walking around these walls, I thought by now they'd fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come, Knowing the battle's won
For You have never failed me yet
Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I'm still in Your hands, This is my confidence, You've never failed me yet”
(Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Christopher Brown, Matthew James Redman)
Lately, listening to many people talk about their lives, there seems to be a common, underlying theme: “Why is this still happening?” Or perhaps a better wording might be, “I thought by now, this would have been defeated in my life. But here it is again.”
There are events, or challenges in our lives that seem to be ever present, non-changing and defeating to us. We all have them. We all battle these thoughts at some point or another. They can cause a sense of helplessness, and allow hopelessness to overwhelm us when we focus on them.
But let us consider the Israelites who came up against the walls of Jericho. These walls, according to excavations done on the site, were high and thick and had steep slopes built into them. Virtually, impregnable. By any standard, the Israelites had no way of breaking through. Topping that off, God’s plan seemed foolish. Surely, during the 13 trips around the circumference of the city, there were many who thought that they were accomplishing nothing. Yet, in their obedience, God proved Himself faithful. The walls came down at last, after a huge shout from the people. They conquered the city.
What is God asking you to do with your walls? Maybe you are in the “walking around once a day part” of His plan. Or maybe you have reached the “Shout” part. Regardless of how impossible or foolish it seems, know this: God is bringing down the walls, in His good time, and in His wise way. Our part is to be, like the Israelites, obedient to His word and to take our eyes off the wall and place them firmly on Jesus. Rejoice, because He is faithful. “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city.” Joshua 9:16b