city walls

When my children were young they watched Veggie Tales.  They had the stuffed toys and other items with Bob, Larry, and the gang. I painted the French peas, Bob, Larry, and Junior Asparagus on their nursery room wall by free-hand. Each song, story, and lesson was learned and remembered throughout their early years.

One of my favorite stories to watch with my sons was Josh and the Big Wall, the re-telling of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. As Joshua and the Israelites traveled to the Promised Land they faced strong opposition from the current residents, including the inhabitants of Jericho who were not for the Lord nor did they want to follow Him.

God could have just wiped the town off the map with a thought, but instead He had Joshua carry out specific instructions to march around the city with the army, seven priests, seven trumpets, and the Ark of the Covenant. The soldiers were not to fight, just march. It was a faith-growing exercise. The usual way of war was not to be used for this city. God’s way was to be used.

When we face battles with our enemy we often resort to face him with ways that are familiar. But the thing is, when it is familiar with us, it is also familiar with him. We need to remember that God’s approach to the enemy is the only successful victory. The enemy was defeated for all eternity when Jesus rose from the dead. Any battle we face is just a skirmish after the fact.

Just like Joshua’s approach to Jericho was successful because God lead the way, so to will our battles with the enemy end in victory if God is in charge.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

Rend Collective puts it this way:

We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror

May we approach the city gates with the confidence that through God we already hold the keys that unlock those doors.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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