On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city. And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Joshua 6:15-20 ESV
For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand supported me,
and your gentleness made me great.
You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
and did not turn back till they were consumed. Psalm 18:31-37 ESV
In a very old story the Greeks were trying to defeat a city named Troy. Troy was surrounded by a strong wall, and for ten years the Greeks had been trying to get the city to surrender. They finally thought of a trick. They built a huge wooden horse and hid some of their best warriors inside. The rest of the Greeks pretended to sail away. The Trojans brought the horse into their city, and at night the Greek warriors came out of the horse. The rest of the Greeks returned in their ships during the night. In the morning the Greeks inside the city opened the gates and let in the rest of their warriors, and they finally were able to defeat Troy.
Without God’s help, the defeat of Jericho would have been just as hopeless as the defeat of Troy had seemed to the Greeks for ten years. The city walls were strong, and so were the warriors of Jericho. There was no way Israel could have gotten through those walls or defeated the people by their own strength or cleverness. But they had God on their side, and with his help the walls of Jericho fell down and the people were defeated.
We might sometimes have troubles that seem completely hopeless, when we can’t think of any way out, or any solution. We might try something, but perhaps it doesn’t help. The good news is that we are not alone in our problems. We have God on our side, and he is always ready to help us in his own time and in his own way. We can be sure that God loves us and is able to help us because of what he did for us in Jesus. Jesus came to solve the biggest problem ever–our separation from God because of our sins. Jesus died to take away our sins, and for his sake God is with us every day to help us and bless us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save us, and for being with us and helping us with all our problems. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.