Walls falling – a common phrase that means there are days when you are working your socks off and getting nowhere. A parallel to this would be the walls are closing in. Most would believe that it’s referring to claustrophobic when it is referencing being stuck inside for too long.
Some famous walls in history that came down one way or another:
• Athenian “Long Walls”
• Hadrian’s Wall.
• The Great Wall of China.
• Moscow Kremlin Walls.
• Wall Street’s Wall.
• Berlin Wall.
• Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Of course, in today’s age, we must think of Donald Trump’s build the wall. The biblical wall we must remember is the Wall of Jericho.
So, what should we learn from the walls of Jericho falling? The answer we seek is contained in our mid-week bible study as well as in our reading today, Joshua 6.
The scriptures teach us miraculous power of God. But more than that, the utter destruction of Jericho teaches us regarding God’s grace and our salvation.
We have all been up against the wall. How about the time running out on your deadline or when you are in a hurry running late and your route is blocked by an accident or construction? These are metaphors but whatever wall you are facing, you must not let it beat you. You must continue no matter the obstacle.
Before we can beat the wall, we must understand that sometimes God puts the wall in front of us for a reason. It could be to slow us down for our safety or possibly to strengthen a quality that will make a better Christian. We need to learn that all outcomes are for the glory of God.
Before we beat that wall, we must know that God doesn’t put obstacles in front of us for us to be defeated. These tests of obstacles are to make us stronger. If we fail, it is because of us not God.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Before we beat the wall, we must know that we can beat the wall because Jesus will help us. Jesus puts the wall there so we can become stronger, but He also wants us to go to him for help.
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.
Have you ever tried to put a complex item together without consulting the instructions? The instructions are there for you to ask them what to do? Well God put the wall there so you can become stronger in faith, but He also wants you to ask Him what to do now that you have asked for his help. Without asking Him, you are destined not to defeat the wall.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.
You have a wall in front of you that at first glance you can’t defeat. We are Christians so we know that God had a reason for putting that wall there. We know that God doesn’t want us defeated but rather be stronger and see his power. We must believe that with God we can beat the wall but without God we will surely fail. Then we must ask God what to do.
Finally, we need to do whatever it is that God tells us to do. When you take your car to the mechanic to fix it, you trust the mechanic. When you go to the doctor, you trust the doctor to make you as well as possible. Well now you must trust God knows what he is doing to help you defeat the wall.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
When it comes to God, you must have faith. The results after you beat the wall may not be exactly what you were expecting but there is a reason. Sometimes a more promising result happens further down the road. Sometimes, the result you are expecting comes when the right person is in the right place. That unexpected result could be better or maybe taking you in a completely different direction.
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
So, the next time you come to a wall, don’t defeat yourself before you start. Have faith that you can defeat it with God in your corner. Ask God for His help and to tell you what to do. Then do it. Guaranteed you will win. It’s time to take the victory but let’s remember how you defeated the wall. All the credit goes to Him.
1 Chronicles 28:20
And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.