The Israelites had a problem. A big one with reinforcements around it. A massive wall to be precise. How on earth were they ever going to bring that wall down? It was big. It was too big. They just were not powerful enough to bring it down but still, they had to deal with it.
In the Book of Numbers, we see the instructions which were given by God in regards to fighting against their enemies:
When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies.
Numbers 10:9 (NIV)
In the sixth chapter of Joshua we learn that God instructed the people to march around Jericho one time. Seven priests blowing rams' horns (shofars) led the way, followed by the Ark of the Covenant and the rest of the people. Then they were to return to camp. On day two they did the same thing once again. This went on for six days. Then came the seventh day.
The seventh day was different. On the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times. Then the priests gave one long blast on their shofars, the walls collapsed and the enemy was conquered.
Have you ever faced some formidable "walls" in your life? I have and when I do, they tend to consume my thoughts and strip me of my energy. I just keep going around and around and around those walls, thinking about how big they are and how small I am.
God didn't want the Israelites to ignore or forget about their problem nor does He want me to do so either. He wants me to face it but not become obscessed with it. Sigh... it is very hard for some people not to become obscessed with their problems. I ought to know because I am one of them! I want answers and solutions now but often that is not God's way.
We cannot ignore our problems but we can stop obscessing about them. We can march around those walls with the promises of God, blowing the shofar, declaring that God and God alone is our king and will fight our battle. In His own way, in His own time... those "walls" will come tumbling down.
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