In our passage today, the conquest begins!
- Trust and Obey – Before they take Jericho, God commands the men to be circumcised. They are in enemy territory, and God commands them to incapacitate the entire army. They trust God and obey. God commands them to march around Jericho for seven days and the walls will come down. An unusual strategy at best, and we can only imagine the ridicule from the walls. They trust God and obey. What is God calling you to do? What step of faith is he asking you to take? What ridicule might you have to face for standing firm upon God’s Word? In your life’s situations, will you trust God and obey?
- On God’s Side – Before the battle of Jericho, Joshua meets the “commander of the army of the Lord.” Joshua asks whose side he is on. The commander says, “No.” In other words the issue is not if God is on Joshua’s side, but is Joshua on God’s side. Will he obey? Are you trying to get God to perform for you, to be on your side? Or are you humbly following him, on his side?