Scripture: Joshua 6:1-27
Observation: As the Israelites entered this new land, they first had to get through the city of Jericho. The Lord assured Joshua that he had already given the people victory over Jericho, if they would follow his instructions. The people were supposed to walk around the town once a day for six days, with seven priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant ahead of them. On the seventh day, they were to shout as loudly as they could and the walls would fall. Joshua and the Israelites followed the Lord’s instructions, and they took the town of Jericho using only their voices.
Application: When I was younger, I loved playing with Legos. While most other kids liked the Lego kits which came with all the materials to build a boat or a hospital or an airplane, I much preferred the bucket full of Legos that gave you the freedom to build whatever you wanted. (I was particularly fond of the bucket full of pink and white Legos – yes, they existed.) I’d build houses and schools and occasionally shopping malls, and then when the time came, I’d tear them down.
Now, if you’re picturing an eight-year-old kid gleefully kicking down the structure she had just spent hours creating, you’d be wrong. Type A by nature, I’d typically dismantle the structure piece by piece, certain to keep my Legos as orderly as possible. (Weirdo alert.)
Every once in a while, I’d act my age, channeling my inner rebellious self and destroying my creation with satisfying (and perhaps a tad-too-dramatic) force. Legos would fly every which way and whatever was left looked like a shell of what once had been.
This is what happened in Jericho, too. But instead of taking the city with force or weapons, the people of God took it with their voices alone.
“Joshua commanded the people, ‘Shout! For the Lord has given you the town.’” (v. 16)
And just like that, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, like they were made out of Legos rather than bricks and mortar.
Let’s be real: this story is absolutely crazy. We may have heard this story before, so many times, in fact, that we fail to recognize the faith it required of the people, the power it required of their God.
Their victory came through their voices.
That’s how powerful God is – he’s capable of destroying an entire city with the shouts of a few people. No force. No weapons. Just voices – and a whole lot of faith.
This God who led the Israelites to victory is our God, and he’s just as powerful today as he was thousands of years ago.
Invite his power and presence into your life today. Listen closely – and remember the Israelites victory came through their voices. What sounds crazy and impossible to us is more than possible for our God.
Prayer: God, thank you for being God – holy, powerful, and completely capable. I praise you! I don’t always understand your ways, but I remain in awe of how you turn the impossible into possible. Today, I invite your power into my life; have your way, O Lord. Amen.