What’s Your Jericho?

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 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. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.

Joshua 6:2-5

What amazes me about the story of the Fall of Jericho is that it just fell one day. Plain and simple. 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 Joseph 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. I bet some of you have been marching for a while. Those seven days seem to feel like seventy years to you. Your legs are numb yet they keep moving. Your neck and shoulders are carrying more weight than they were intended to carry but you press on. You and I were placed on this earth to bring our Heavenly Daddy glory. And lots of it. Your tumultuous circumstance may be the very catalyst that helps someone see Jesus. I really only have one thing left to say to you. March on. And one day, your walls will fall, too. In an instant.

14 thoughts on “What’s Your Jericho?”

  1. cindy, i just recently began lurking here and have to say, i love this post, thank you so much for saying something i so desperately needed to hear. i have heard the message that if you aren’t seeing results maybe you’re in the wrong place so frequently lately and i know in the very depth of my being that this is not what God has to say to me. he desires perseverance, continuing in faith. thank you again.

  2. This reminds me of the Veggie Tales version where the little peas are teasing “Joshua” (Larry) by calling him a little pickle. He of course reminds them that he is indeed a CUCUMBER. Noticeable difference.

    Great post!

  3. We have some close friends going through a “Jericho” situation right now. Their faith and perseverance is inspiring and I KNOW that God will reward their sacrifice. This post made me instantly think of them 🙂 Thanks for the reminder to “press on” even when things get tough!

  4. I love your posts.

    Thought provoking and to the point.

    “Your tumultuous circumstance may be the very catalyst that helps someone see Jesus.”

    I needed to hear that. Thank you.

  5. Amen to that! Can’t wait for those walls to fall. My walls have a few cracks but I rest in the assurance that Jesus is the mortar holding it together until I get my marching orders. I guess it’s no coincidence that I was reading that very chapter on Saturday. Maybe He’s got marching orders for me and I’ve only been listening with my ears instead of my heart too.

  6. Lately I feel like I am in the bottom of the pit with no more room to march. It is like I am in one of those seasons where I am being attacked by the enemy. It is just a great relief to know that when my walls crumble down, the enemy will be smashed beneath them. Great post as always.

  7. Great post! I was all serious and then I got to the nanny-nanny boo boo stuff…crack me up!!! 🙂 Thanks for the encouraging thoughts!

  8. Cindy, I love it when your blogs bring people into trusting the Lord! I can see His fire moving in and through you! Keep encouraging!

  9. You know what the greatest thing about the fall of Jericho?

    That the trip around the walls were about a mile.

    So in my rough estimations, nearly a million Jewish soldiers versus a small town.

    Jericho wasn’t this great big fortress that was nigh impossible to defeat. The armies of Israel could have EASILY defeated it.

    God knew that and yet He designed it so that they would get zero credit and He would get all of the glory.

    How more amazing that Joshua was so freakin’ obedient even though their had to be a small voice in his head saying, “We can do this, easy pie style.”

    Think about all the things you try to wrestle or tackle because you could do it on your own because it looked so easy. How is your dependence on God when God can’t even take care of the easy stuff for you.

    You let Him take care of it all. Everything. Not just the hard stuff.

  10. The summer of 2005 my daughter was living with some friends who were not walking with the Lord; consequently their lives were not pleasing to the Lord. Every day…all that summer I would walk during my lunch break praying, pleading with the Lord to move in my daughter’s heart and that she would sense a deep, deep void in her life that only a deep, intimate, vibrant relationship with Jesus could fill. I also prayed that the Lord would move her out of that apartment. One Sunday morning I got up to get ready for church and lo and behold…her car was parked in front of the house! Later that day she told us that the living situation was not good for her and she moved out for good! She is now walking with Jesus…I walked, prayed and trusted…God moved, tore down walls and transformed my daughter!! He is able!!!

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