When the children of Israel were ready to enter the Promised Land, Joshua led them across the Jordan River to a city outside of Jericho.
Jericho–with its mammoth wall–stood before them. This would be their first battle. It looked like a lop-sided fight as a bunch of inexperienced Israelites headed into battle against a strong fortress of fighters.
As Joshua sought God on how to fight this battle, an angel with his sword drawn appeared before him. He gave Joshua specific instructions on how to fight. He explained that the people should walk around the city once a day for seven days. On the seventh day, they should walk around seven times. Afterwards, they should blow their trumpets and shout.
In faith, the Israelites walked quietly around the city just as Joshua commanded them to do. They couldn’t say a word while marching. Then, on the seventh day after the seventh trip around, the people shouted and sounded the trumpets.
“When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city” (Joshua 6:20).
Many times, I feel like the Israelites. No experience. No strength. No way I can fight against that fortress of fear. It’s just too tall, too big.
The next time that tall wall of fear stands before you, call out to God. Ask him to show you how to bring those walls down.
Maybe it will be a shout of praise.
Maybe it will be a song in your heart.
Maybe it will be a confidence.
Whatever God tells you to do, do it. When you do, the walls will come tumbling down.
Prayer: Father, I am so weak and inexperienced. I cannot tear down this wall of fear on my own. Tell me what to do as I stand against my enemies. Give me the faith to wait on you and trust your promises.