Conquering For The Lord
Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-27
Life is full of obstacles and trials. In fact, it is inevitable that a person will face all sorts of “barriers” even if they are a Christ-follower. It is good to be reminded that in this life we are going to face obstacles, and sometimes troubles. For some of us, those obstacles and troubles seem to mount up day after day. We live in a fallen world and we often times do not choose the things that we face. In other words, some things we do choose to face, while others we do not. However, if we follow God wholeheartedly, and His presence is with us, we have every confidence that we can conquer obstacles and face the most troublesome times.
There is hope even if the obstacle seems too big.
In the book of Joshua, we are told that God placed a large task before Joshua and the people of God. In fact, He was calling on them to trust Him and His faithfulness. He told Joshua, “I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war” (Joshua 6:2). The enormous task God placed before them was to conquer the city of Jericho and all of its inhabitants. Of course to them it might not have seen like it was an easy task. Can you imagine God asking you to lead an army to conquer a city for Him? How would that make you feel? Honestly, I might have been apprehensive or even scared. But we know that God is always trustworthy no matter the obstacle. Wanting to obey God, Joshua did as God asked. In the midst of an enormous task Joshua gathered his troops and did as God had commanded. He marched around the city seven times and then blew their trumpets and shouted. Joshua 6:20 tells us that when “the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” That was such a triumphant day for the people of Israel!
God was faithful and trustworthy in the midst of an enormous obstacle. On the other side, Joshua and the people of Israel had to make a choice, either trust God and face this obstacle or turn away. As the Bible tells us, Joshua led the people of Israel to follow God and trusted that He would see them through this monumental obstacle. God is always faithful!
What are some obstacles that you need God’s help with?
What are some obstacles that you have seen other people, with God’s help, overcome?
What are some obstacles that we will commit to God?
What is our strategy, based on Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-27, be for dealing with the barriers or obstacles in our own lives?