March 2 Facing the Jerichos of Life

Scripture Reading: Joshua 6

Key Verse: Joshua 1:6

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

No military officer worth his stripes would go into conflict unprepared, without a clear and cogent plan of attack. The risk would be too great, and the chances of winning slim. Yet that was exactly what God wanted Joshua to do—approach the awesome, fortified city of Jericho without the first conventional military procedure. Literally all God gave to Joshua was his marching orders and the promise that the Israelites would be the winners.

How could Joshua hold his head high and approach the battlefield with confidence? He knew who was in charge. He did not have to worry about defeat or loss. Any momentary feelings of weakness came crashing down with the walls and were forgotten in the glory of taking the city for the Lord.

When you face a Jericho in your life—a problem you cannot solve, the seemingly impenetrable fortress of a broken relationship—trust God for the conquest. Obey His Word and apply His principles to each situation.

You may not understand how the sequence of events will unfold, and you may not feel the emotions of triumph while you wait for the outcome. But in the Lord you cannot lose; the victory is yours.

Heavenly Father, as I face the Jerichos of life, give me assurance that victory is mine. I want to respond to Your marching orders and not worry about the seemingly impenetrable fortresses ahead.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 65). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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