A Better You: Obstacles Don’t Mean Defeat – Joshua 6

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I have included Joshua 6 at the bottom of the page for your reference.

When the Israelites approached Jericho and saw the formidable wall, at least one of their hearts were filled with fear and doubt.

Have you ever stood next to something large and felt small? When I say large, I mean a large piece of architecture as tall as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Taipei 101 Skyscraper in Taiwan. Compared to you, you’re just an ant – insignificant.

That must be how some Israelites felt.

Feeling Defeated

You might be facing some obstacles now that have got you feeling defeated, pathetic even.

How am I going to get through this one? How will my bank account hold? Will she love me enough to see past my past mistakes?

We’ve all been there.

And the worst part is, we’ll be there again.

There will always be a valley after a mountain. Hard times are inevitable.

How to Get past Hard Times?

So, what can you do to get through these hard times?

Like the Israelites, they marched 7 days around the city of Jericho.

In the middle is where people start to lose hope. This is true for almost all aspects of your life. Most people’s faiths fail in the middle of dry seasons, waiting for God to move.

So, I wouldn’t debate otherwise for the Israelites marching around Jericho as well. Somewhere in the middle, some of them lost faith in waiting for God.

Yet, that doesn’t mean that stopped marching. They continued marching despite their feelings.

In life, you have to keep in marching despite your feelings. You need to continue walking towards the life that God has called you to live.

Keep on marching because God sees your heart.

Prophetic Word

Some of you may be facing trials that make your faith falter.

That’s okay! Use these times to cherish the feeling of faith.

But right now, you don’t need a feeling; you need a knowing.

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”

– Joshua 1:9 NIV

God is omnipresent and omnibenevolent. That means He is always with you seeking the best for you!

God is omnipresent and omnibenevolent. That means He is always with you seeking the best for you!

Call to Action

It’s time to know God is here for you.

Do this mindfulness activity:

When you’re in tough times, thank God it’ll be over soon.

3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.”

– Psalms 113:3 NIV

This means that just as sure that the sun will rise at the beginning of every day, so will the sun set at the end.

Life goes on, and so will the goodness of God.

So, keep on praying for God to move, just don’t pray for specifics.

God bless you! Know that God is moving!

1 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” 7 And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”
8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. 9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.
12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.
24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.
26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:
“At the cost of his firstborn son    he will lay its foundations;at the cost of his youngest    he will set up its gates.”
27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

– Joshua 6 NIV

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