“Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. (2) And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. (3) And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. (4) And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. (5) And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” Joshua 6:1-5
Hello everyone! I would like to welcome you today, to Sunday Inspiration! I hope that your Sunday is off to a great start! Today, my prayer is that we will find hope through God…a hope that can keep us pressing on…no matter what we may be facing!
This past week, I was talking with someone who has been facing some very overwhelming times of trial in their life. As I was talking with them, I could see that they were very frustrated and overwhelmed, by all that they had been experiencing. It seemed like there was one situation in their life, where they just could not get beyond it. In fact, it seemed as if God was answering their prayer in pieces, instead of all at once.
Later, as I was talking to God about this person; God began to take me back to the story of Joshua. God had promised that He would bring the walls of Jericho down and give everything to Joshua and his people; but first, Joshua would have to do as God was commanding him to do and one of the things that God requested of Joshua, was to have him and his army march around the city of Jericho seven times.
You know…sometimes, our trials can make us feel, as if we are marching around those walls of Jericho. Maybe the first time around, God begins to give us an answer to our problem but yet it’s not fully resolved; but later we find; that as God walks us around the walls of our circumstance, our faith begins to grow and we just might even see a little growth taking place, as we journey with God throughout these moments of trial.
One thing I have come to see within in my own life; is that God doesn’t always drop a bomb on our head and the problem is resolved. Throughout my life, God took me through a long…hard…difficult journey and as I look back on this time in my life; I now see that God was allowing the cure to come slow; so I would not only grasp onto what He wanted me to learn but that these moments would also become etched upon my heart; so He could use what I had experienced, to encourage and uplift someone else in need.
Today, you may be wondering how much longer you will have to march around the walls of your circumstance. These difficult moments we experience can make us feel drained and lifeless and can even make us feel like giving up; but one thing I would like to encourage you with today…is don’t give up. Look at this time, as though you are walking with Joshua around the walls of Jericho. Just as Joshua obeyed God and followed through with God’s plan for his life; we too, need to keep marching onward and follow through with whatever plan God may have for our lives. When we accomplish everything that God is asking of us, through this time of trial; then the walls will come down and once more, we will be free from the trial that had attempted to keep us in bondage.
Have a great Sunday & God bless!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."