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April 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

Can you imagine what would’ve happened if the guys at Jericho would’ve been like us? 



Have you grown weary in an area of your life? Do you feel like you have stayed the course and nothing has changed? What amazes me about the story of the Fall of Jericho is that the people kept going.  Can you imagine what would’ve happened if these guys would’ve been like us?  Shoot if we have to admit that most of us wouldn’t have even lasted twelve hours into the march as we’d have thought that because twelve hours had passed that God wasn’t really ready to move on our behalf and probably somewhere in the middle of that we’d start thinking that maybe we didn’t really receive a Word from God, we heard wrong or imagined it.

 

”So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. “Galatians 6:9

The problem in today’s microwave society is if God doesn’t instantly do something we decide that maybe it really wasn’t God’s Word after all, and since God didn’t answer or operate on our time frame He’s not going to.  We even say spiritual stuff like “it must not have been the right timing”.  No friend it was the right timing, but we grew weary in waiting upon the Lord and therefore our impatience caused us to lose out on the blessing God had for us.


In Jericho after the first day of marching, the Bible doesn't say there were any noticeable cracks in the walls or shifts in the foundation. In fact, it's highly likely that the people who resided inside those walls didn't feel any different. Yet, the Israelites marched.   The residents of Jericho probably thought that the Israelites looked ridiculous. I imagine there might have even been some "nanny, nanny boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo" sayings thrown out. Yet, they marched.  I figure quite a number of them wondered if Joshua was a lunatic. Wondering how in the world marching could make some walls fall down had to be a lingering question in their minds. Yet, they marched.

 

This is where a lot of us give up.  When the people around us see us believing God for something, but what we’re believing God for hasn’t happened yet. People begin to say things like:  “Why don’t you just give up on this waiting on God stuff it doesn’t work.”  When that happens we start to doubt ourselves.  I have most definitely been in these shoes.  I know exactly what happened to me, and I can be real enough with you all to admit that I have came up short in waiting upon God a time or two.

 

I wonder what it was like to be there with them as the walls of Jericho came crashing down at the end of that seventh day.  I can imagine the faith that sprung up in the hearts of all that were there.  They endured ridicule and all the lies that satan could throw at them.  They marched no matter what, and God showed off.  You know every time I find myself in a place like this my first thought is to give praise and glory to God for bringing to pass what He spoke into my life, but shortly thereafter is the thought of what it would be like if I would trust God in everything the way I did during these the times.  If He can bring down the walls of a city for the Israelites, He can do the same for your lives.  But the key is that when you and I get that Word from God, we march on until those walls fall.



This is my Prayer:  Father, I pray that in the midst of marching around my walls of Jericho.  God help me overcome my weariness and the wondering of if You’re really going do to what You spoke to my heart that You would do.  Lord I pray that You would renew my  strength, guiding me, and directing my path.  Jesus I trust that You’re in control.  Lord I ask when I do grow weary that You would remind me of what You spoke to me, help me to hear Your voice, and show me how to march on.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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