Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour…And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. Joshua 6
The Bible recorded an amazing story in the above text and we can extract from this passage, the success secrets required to fall down every Jericho wall. A Jericho wall is a hindrance, a limitation, some barrier of some sort standing before a person and their desired or promised goal. Often we hear people make comments such as; ‘Tough times never last, tough people do’ or ‘Winners never quit, quitters never win’ and the like. The truth is that, it is no mean feat coming out victoriously when faced with a Jericho wall.
First, Joshua and the children of Israel had a relationship with God. These folks were not alien to God; they had seen his mighty acts, they knew what he is capable of doing, they had faith in his ability. They had seen him do great miracles in the past; they had seen him destroy Pharaoh’s army that were few meters away from annihilating them, God had provided manna for them, he had given them food and drink in the desert. These folks have had some experience, some relationship with God and although they had not faced ‘this’ Jericho before, this was not really the first tough challenge they were up against.
You ought to have a relationship with God. There must be some foreknowledge of this God. Life’s tough situations cannot always be tackled with intellectual prowess; for some, you really need some divine help else it will remain insurmountable. If you really desire to tackle any mountain through divine help, you sure do need to have a relationship with God. You must also know of not only his ability to help but also his willingness to. The bible tells us that God is a very-present help in trouble. So regardless of what it is you are up against, God would love to come thru for you but you need to have a relationship with him. You must know of who he is, his love for you and what he is able to do for you.
Next, Joshua heard from God. God actually told him; ‘See, I have given you Jericho’. The man needed to close the physical eyes and then to open the Spiritual one where his victory had been given him already by God. Then, the man received direction from God on what to do and guess what; the instruction was really a funny one. Having known what God can do and being assured of his willingness to help, Joshua sought the face of God, and direction came. Most times, we find folks who choose to talk to everyone else about the problem except God. You call up friends, loved-ones and family all in a bid to figure out a solution and when they are unable to help; you then resort to God. It could have been lot different if God had been invited into the matter as soon as the situation presented itself.
Again, not only must we decide to involve God life’s problems; we must be willing to do what he prescribes. God told these people to walk round the walls of Jericho once for six days and seven times on the seventh day. Logically, there is no way such exercise can fall down a stick talk more of a wall thick enough that people built houses on them. Thank God, the people believed and eventually carried out the instruction and they got their miracle. This is same for us today; God can ask you to do something out rightly ridiculous but ensure you heed to his instruction because he is God and his wisdom can be trusted.
Thirdly, the people were not asked to talk but keep quiet till it was time to shout. When faced with a challenge in which you are trusting in God for a miracle; it is not uncommon for the devil to present doubt and fear to you. As the people walked round the walls, they could not voice their doubt or frustration; their eyes were on their God who could do anything. This must be same with us today; you must fix your attention on the word of God to you.
In Hebrews 12: 2 the bible says; “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” in other words, we ought to look away from the pain and unpleasant situation and set our eyes on Jesus. Your eyes and other senses would tell you lies; they could aggravate the situation even more than it actually is hence we must look away unto Jesus.
We have been called to live a life of faith. We live by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7. So, refuse to be intimidated by the things you see; rather be inspired by what you know from God’s word.
These simple steps worked for the Jews in the wilderness; they will work for us in our day to day challenges.
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