Archives for July 2013

What’s Your “Jericho?”

5  It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

Joshua 6:5

Moses had led God’s people through the wilderness 40 years.  With Joshua now leading them, they crossed over the Jordan and began their journey to occupy the land God had promised them.

The first challenge that faced them was the city of Jericho.  Joshua was waiting for God to tell him how to attack the walled city.  The city was shut up tight because of the Israelites.  Would they attack the east wall?  Would God send fire down on the city?  The city would not fall easily.

But the word of God came down to Joshua.  They were to march around the city, once a day, for six days.  But on the seventh day, they were to march around the city seven times.  On that seventh time, the trumpets would sound, the people would shout, and the walls would fall down.

Only God could make that happen.  But God didn’t need His people to march around the city and shout to make the walls come down.  He could have done that Himself.

Come to think of it, when Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding, He really didn’t need for the people to find the jars and fill them with water.  He could have made the jars appear with the wine already in them.  And what about when Jesus told the people to roll away the stone where Lazarus was buried so He could call Lazarus back to life?  If Jesus could raise Lazarus back to life from the dead, He could have rolled the stone away by His Word.

So why did the Israelites have to march around the City?  Why did Jesus call for the jars filled with water?  And why did he ask to have the stone rolled away?  God needed to show the people they had to do their part.  They had to believe in God and show their obedience to what God asked them to do.

What is your “Jericho” that you are asking God to handle?  Are you looking for physical healing?  Perhaps a healing of a relationship?  Maybe you are praying for guidance in your finances.  Or are you trying to decide what God is calling you to do next?

Whatever your “Jericho” might be, first you must hear God’s Word about the situation, and then you have to obey.  We have to do our part and do what God asks of us.  Just sitting around waiting for God to act for us won’t work.  Whether its marching around a city or taking care of those in need, it’s all a matter of being obedient to the calling God has placed on you. 

So do your part.  Then watch the walls of your “Jericho” fall.

Charles A. Kalkomey

When You Can See God

11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

 

So many times we feel as if there is nothing for us in this life.  We have failed at what we have tried to do.  All of the guilt is stacked up on us.  We believe we are disqualified to do anything for God.  We just are not worthy anymore.

 

But that’s not God’s plan for us.  He has something special for each of us that He needs us to do.  He has chosen us to play that part.  But we need to find out what our part is.  And we can only do that when we focus on God.  When we get to the point when we can really see God in the things of this world around us, see His goodness, His love, His power, then we can see what God can see – the person He intended for us to be, filled with the hope that only comes from faith in the One who gave up His Son to die for us. 

 

He looks into the mirror not liking what his eyes behold.

The fast living has stolen the years, making him look old.

There’s nothing from his life that can bring him any hope.

He simply tries to find another way to survive and to cope.

He wonders what he will become; what was meant to be.

But when he can see God, he can see what God can see.

 

There is nothing she can find that will bring her any joy.

She searches for some help in anything she can employ.

She’s lost and confused she searches for a flicker of light

That will show her the way to survive another cold night.

She thinks that all is lost; this is the way it will always be.

But when she can see God, she can see what God can see.

 

For the very day we were born, God had for us His plan.

Yet it’s every day we seem to struggle just to try to stand.

We declare ourselves unworthy to even show our face.

We reject the Father’s love and turn away from His grace.

Yet God keeps calling to us; trying to show us what will be.

For when we can see God, we can see what God can see.

 

For the plan God has for us is to prosper and to live long.

That we might come to praise Him with our words and song.

If we will seek His Kingdom and Righteousness every day.

The things we need, God will provide in just the right way.

We will know what we are called to do; what we are to be

For when we can see God, we can see what God can see.

 

 © 2013 Charles A. Kalkomey

July 21, 2013