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