December 26 – Joshua 6:1-7

December 26 – Joshua 6:1-7

Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the Lord.”

There are many things going on in these verses, but the first thing that struck me when I read them was the fact that Jericho was shut up inside and outside because their enemy was outside their city walls. 

How often do we shut ourselves up, not only from our enemy, but from each other because of the enemy outside? 

There are many verses that talk about the fact that our enemy isn’t each other, but Satan, yet we isolate ourselves from each other because he uses people to hurt us and distract us from Jesus, therefore we allow ourselves to not get the love and support we need from each other.  It is so ironic that we lash out and cause pain to those who could help us most.

I know this is a very different way of seeing these verses, but God gave me these thoughts as I read these verses, so I know that is what will minister to many today.

What are you allowing the enemy to keep you from doing today?

Who are you isolating yourself from today that might need your encouragement?

Who might need your encouragement today that could require knocking down some big heavy walls to reach them?

Don’t let the enemy’s walls keep you from those around you.

Heavenly Father, there are so many walls we put up to protect ourselves and those we love as well.  Help me put up the proper walls to keep the enemy himself away, but remove the walls that are keeping those that love me away.  I know there are many times I get things backward and put up walls that should be there and don’t put up walls that can keep me safe from the true enemy.  Thank You for helping me see these verses in a new way today.  You are so good to me to open my eyes to new things in Your word every time I read it with the right, prepared attitude.  You are such an amazing God and so good to me.  Help me remember You in all I do.

In Jesus’ name.



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