Whether there are walls in your life that need to come down or there are walls that need to be rebuilt, we need the power and presence of God to supernaturally do what we cannot do on our own. Throughout this series, we will be walking through the practical logistics of fasting and how to apply this time-tested spiritual discipline to our lives to help make this the best year ever. In addition to our Sunday sermons which are available on our podcast, our pastoral team will be publishing a weekly devotional to help encourage and inspire faith throughout the beginning of this new year.
Joshua 6:6-7 (NIV)
So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”
Chances are you’ve met a wall or two—maybe seven or twenty—over the years. You’ve stepped up to the barricade and wondered how you might ever see what’s on the other side. Perhaps that’s where you find yourself even now—up against a wall that seems immovable, impenetrable, and extends as far as the eye can see. No way in, or over, or through. What do you do?
Joshua found himself there, too. After Moses died, the time for moving forward with God’s plan had come, and it was up to Joshua to lead the Israelites forward to the Promised Land. As highlighted in last week’s message, God knew the plan and had given the Israelites victory, but there was work to do before the wall would fall.
… there was work to do before the wall would fall.
When God spoke to Joshua, Scripture shows us no sign that Joshua hesitated to obey. He received instruction from God, called the priests, gave them the instructions, and ordered the people to advance! After Joshua had done all he was given to do, the walls fell.
Logically, city walls built to fortify do not crumble because of marching, shouting, and trumpets. No doubt we feel like shouting and stomping at the walls we face, but science tells us that unless that wall is made of Kleenex tissues, that approach probably won’t do much. There are some things only God can do.
We must allow Him to finish His work.
Waiting on Him to do those things—while you remain faithful to what He’s put before you to do—is hard but necessary. There is a point at which our resources run out and our strength fails. We are finite and will come to the end of our rope, at which point, we must trust in the Lord to do the things we cannot—to stand in the gap our human nature creates. We must allow Him to finish His work. It’s okay if you feel weak and spent while you stare at that wall. God knows how to break it down and what He’s asked of you in the meantime is faithfulness. So, take a deep breath, find your strength in Him and stand up again. You don’t have to make that wall crumble. He will.
- When you are up against a wall that seems immovable, what is your first response?
- Scripture tells us there is nothing too hard for God. Yet, we struggle to trust Him. Why? What makes trusting in God so challenging?
- When you are waiting for a wall to collapse, how can you find discernment for determining what is yours to do and what is God’s to do?
- Name one thing God has asked you to be faithful in doing while you wait for Him to crumble the walls you face?
This devotional was written by Pastor Stephany for use during our Walls series. Be sure to check out the messages in this series by clicking here or subscribing to our podcast available in the iTunes Store. Stephany McBride is the children’s pastor of New Life Assembly of God. Learn more about her and her family by clicking on her picture.