When we face an impossible obstacle in our pathway, we can use the same instruction God gave to the children of Israel. Consider for a moment what it might have been like. What would you have been thinking if you were the one marching around?
Britannica says that the walls were 13 feet high. There was a 28 feet high watchtower to help against human invasion. Joshua 6:1 says that the city was securely shut up because of the children of Israel.
The men of war were instructed to march around the city one every day for six days. On the seventh day they did it seven times. Numbers 2:32 says that there were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty in the army at that time.
Joshua 6:10 says, “Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day that I say to you, Shout! Then you shall shout.”
All words are first thoughts. The Lord knew the thoughts before His army would think them. Therefore His instruction was to not open their mouths so that their words would hinder His work.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Verse 7 says, “…a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations.”
Joshua 6:20 says, “…And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then every man went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
How many times have you said, “I don’t believe it” when God answered your prayer in the most amazing way? I used to say those words all the time, even though I was looking at something right before my eyes. The Lord sent a friend to break me of that habit.
What words of unbelief slip out of your mouth when you face your impossibility? Notice that when the wall fell flat, each man went straight before him. The walled city had been an obstacle in the way of their journey to possess the promised land.
No plan of God’s can be thwarted. That is a truth that we can stand on. We may face wall-obstacles that seem formidable. Yet what God has called us to do, 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says that He will do it. That means that He will empower us through His resurrection power to enable us to accomplish what He has set before us.
Jericho obstacles in our lives are opportunities for the Lord to show Himself strong on our behalf. All that seems impossible for us, is backed entirely on Who the Lord is at all times. John 14:21 says that He will reveal or make Himself known to those who love Him and obey His commandments. He reveals HImself in ways that we have never experienced before through our humanly speaking impossibilities.