Cautiously moving forward, he loosened his sword belt allowing it to fall to the ground. Then uneasily, he worried at first with one sandal and then the next. Unarmed and barefooted, he made his approach toward the God of all creation. The God that spoke the worlds into existence, hung the stars in their place, formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of life. He was standing before the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire. Joshua, on the day before confronting Jericho, came face to face with God.
We have things in our lives that are unmovable. Impossibilities. We have hurts, bitterness, grudges, failures, aches from this life that fester and infect our outlook, our faith, our relationship with God. We have things that are seemingly impassable, unsurmountable, overwhelming. Mockingly, they stand a monument to our inability.
History records that the outer wall of Jericho was 20 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Armed with only swords and spears, the outer wall would have been an impregnable obstacle. It would have been enough to make short work of the journey from the desert to the promise land. But the enemy never plays fair. There was a second wall beyond the outer wall of Jericho. The inner wall of Jericho was 30 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Between the two walls, gaped a 27 foot wide chasm which was 9 feet deep cut from the foundations of the earth.
Jericho stood between the church and God’s promises.
The bible records in Joshua 5:13-15, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
Joshua’s reaction to God made the difference. It was God or nothing for Joshua. There was no other answer. You have no other answer. You can continue to live with impossibilities staring you in the face or you can get God involved. Joshua kicked off his shoes. He wasn’t going anywhere fast. He was no longer in a hurry. He wasn’t going to look like he was in control. He was going to hobble toward God humbly without any answers. But at the end of this encounter, nothing could stand in his way.
Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” James further expounds upon the idea in James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Peter stated it this way, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
Isn’t it about your time? Isn’t it about time to get real with God? Isn’t about time to get God? God is into new beginnings. There is no problem that God cannot fix. Joshua 6:20, “…the wall fell down flat, so that the people...succeed.” Only God could drop an insurmountable wall into an unbreachable chasm so that His church could enter the promise land.
…The wall fell down…why…so that the people…succeed. It’s my prayer this week that you take your shoes off and get honest with God and allow God to dismantle the impossibilities in your life.