Published on September 21st, 2014 | by SoniaJHarris0
When is Your Wall Going to Fall?
Have you ever felt the heavy pressure of life reach its breaking point? Those moments where you need to run and lay face down at the alter? For the last seven days, I’ve felt this way. I’ve practiced praying every hour (literally), compartmentalizing thoughts, questioning and I’ll admit- a whole lot of weeping! On the seventh day, I came across the story of the fall of Jericho in the book of Joshua. As it encouraged me, I pray it encourages you.
It’s said the number seven represents divine completion, and fulfillment of purpose. After reading Joshua 6, I also discovered that in the battle of Jericho, seven represented God’s blessing! The Israelites were instructed to walk around the walls of Jericho for seven days led by the seven priests. God promised that at the end of their seventh lap, on that seventh day around Jericho, the walls would collapse. The Israelites believed in the Lord’s greatness and His plan for victory. Because of this belief, they remained steadfast, consistent in their approach, and obedient to the Lord’s instruction. Low-and-behold, on their seventh day, they were deemed conquers and took possession of the Promised Land.
Seven was the number God gave to Israel, but He may have a different number or time frame for you and I. Psalm 139:16 is one of my favorite scriptures because it reveals that God had all our days written down in His book before any of them came to be. Our job is to have faith. Therefore, we cannot compare journeys to anyone else’s, but know the Lord is preparing us for victory by shaping us in each of our difficult times. He knows the precise time to release the blessing of our victory.
So during your walk around the walls of your personal Jericho, you may experience pain and uncertainty. But if you are faithful and follow God’s plan, you will see the walls fall down in God’s perfect timing. And just as the Israelites conquered the promise land at the end of their journey, you too will celebrate your victory. I believe, in that very moment, it will all be worth the pain and strife that preceded it.
God’s power and His unconditional love for us is far greater than any mountain of trouble we will ever face. Trust in the unfailing character of the Lord. Follow His plan, and see that your walls too will fall down.
He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6 NLT)