Sometimes God gives us a revelation either through prayer or through some other divine means of intervention. Sometimes you may think to yourself that you are crazy when you receive this revelation, to speak honestly with you. However, what do you do when you pray and have this revelation confirmed? Do you act in obedience no matter how crazy others treat you for it or do you allow the world to rob you from showing obedience to God? This is what I want to focus on with you all about today. Sometimes a simple act of physical obedience allows an enormous supernatural blessing to come into existence. The best example that I can use to share this idea is the biblical account of Joshua storming Jericho. So, I would like to begin with the retelling of this story and then sharing the three main lessons revealed to us from it.
It is written, “Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. 4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead,” (Joshua 6:1-5, NASB).
Notice at this point, an angel of the Lord had already shown himself to Joshua and right here and now, God spoke to him directly. God revealed His plans for not only Joshua but the people of Isreal. In that revelation, God gave Joshua what most people would say was a silly request. Joshua was to command the warriors of Isreal to march around Jericho once a day for six days with the priests. Then, on the seventh day, they were to shout and sound their trumpets. I cannot imagine what the people were thinking when they heard what Joshua had to say to them. Notice how Joshua could have thought in the physical, and think to himself, “how can this request make the walls of Jericho fall?” However, Joshua made the choice to simply obey God’s revelation to him. Then, something powerful happened.
It is written, “Then on the seventh day they rose early at the dawning of the day and marched around the city in the same manner seven times; only on that day they marched around the city seven times. 16 At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city. 17 The city shall be under the ban, it and all that is in it belongs to the Lord; only Rahab the harlot and all who are with her in the house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. 18 But as for you, only keep yourselves from the things under the ban, so that you do not covet them and take some of the things under the ban, and make the camp of Israel accursed and bring trouble on it. 19 But all the silver and gold and articles of bronze and iron are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” 20 So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city. 21 They utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword,” (Joshua 6:15-21, NASB).
What an amazing outcome from a simple act of obedience! Now, from Joshua and this biblical account of the falling of Jericho, there is a lot to learn. However, I would like to simply focus on the three lessons that God placed in my heart to share with you all. First, we must always focus our priorities to be obedient to God and His word. If God is revealing something to you or convicting you to do something, simply do it. Walk out your faith by obeying Him instead of your own insecurities. It does not matter how crazy the request may be, simply do it and see what will happen. For Joshua, he decided to obey God and because of that, God knew that he could be trusted. God knew He could depend on Joshua for anything and we should want God to have the same confidence in us. However, this will never happen if we do not “act” on what God is revealing for us to do in our lives. God may be telling you to quit your job or to end a relationship. He may be telling you to apply for that job that you do not feel qualified for. He just may be telling you that whatever you are seeking will be yours, like He told Joshua the fortified city was already his. What it all depends on is our physical obedience to allow a supernatural outcome. Simply put, if you do not walk in obedience to God’s will for you, none of the walls you need to come down in your life ever will.
Secondly, notice that Joshua’s conviction to follow what the Lord commanded him to do inspired others to do the same. As a bright pillar of light, Joshua led the way in a manner that it was contagious. Everyone had no other choice but to follow his conviction. If Joshua did not have the conviction and trust in the Lord that he did, I honestly do not believe the people would have followed him to the extent that they did. His conviction was the catalyst for directing all the people around him to trust in God. This should make you think as a Christian. Are you living in a manner so convicted in God’s Word that others around you have no choice but to follow suit? Remember that we are called to be the light in every dark place we go, however, the brightness of that light is directly influenced by our convictions to live out our faith in the Lord. Joshua’s faith inspired all of the people and it allowed God to do something supernatural. We also have this same choice in our lives, so let us do it.
Lastly, it is important to speak life into a promise that God has given you. Notice how not only Joshua but the people were speaking about already having Jericho in their possession because God promised it to them. They did not speak doubt or negativity over their circumstances. They did not say that the walls were too thick. They did not say that they would run out of food or water before we ever put a dent in Jericho’s walls. The people simply walked in agreement with what God told them. This is a humbling reminder to all Christians to not only speak life into God’s promises in your life but to act as if you already have received them. Walk with such confidence that God has no other choice but to give you what He promised already! I am not saying God will look bad for not giving you something, I am simply stating that we must be confident in God’s promises and revelations to us.
Ultimately, Joshua received his miracle because of a simple act of obedience. However, we never know what our obedience will do in our lives. We will never know what walls will come tumbling down, or even who we will inspire because of our faith. We simply need to trust in God with everything we have and march forward. Remember that our physical obedience can cause some supernatural things to stir up around us. So what is holding you back from applying this message to your life? If nothing, let us all become a new generation of Joshua’s and remove all the obstacles keeping us from God’s full glory and grace in our lives. Amen!