I have several readings/devotionals that I do each day. On more days than I can count a number of them just seem to go together and really hit home with me. I don’t believe in coincidence so I know that God is trying to teach me something or wanting me to take a deeper look at an issue that needs to be addressed before I can move on.
One of the devotions I use is by Believing God Day by Day, by Beth Moore. She recently quoted Hebrews 11:30, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled for seven days.” Her devotion that day spoke of pinpointing what our own Jericho(s) may be and what is standing between us and who God wants us to be.
This really hit home with me. Now, I don’t know about you but I have more than one Jericho. They are various shapes and sizes, some I’ve dealt with and conquered, some are in progress, and some I need God to reveal to me.
Joshua 6 tells the story of the Israelites marching around the walls of Jericho and how they came tumbling down. Whenever I think of Jericho I always picture the walls; big, towering, impressive, and fortified to withstand an attack. There was no way the Israelites could have destroyed those under their own power. Without their absolute faith, trust, and obedience to God and the instructions He had given Joshua it never would have happened.
I’m discovering my Jericho’s are varied; some have high impenetrable walls that I’ve worked hard to make a crack in, while others are no bigger than a shrub that I can step over.
The first two words of Hebrews 11:30 were critical for me to hear, “By faith. . .”. The revelation I had was that yes, I have faith in God and what He is able to do for me and through me, but that I was lacking in absolute, unwavering trust in Him.
How often do we try to do some, if not all of the work ourselves in order to speed up the process or get the results that we’re so sure we are supposed to see? I’m ashamed to say I’ve done it many times and all I’ve gotten as a result is more frustration.
I felt a deep sense of sadness in my Spirit when I realized how many times I’ve tried to rely on “me” more than God. I have faith. I love Jesus. I know He is with me all the time. I can call on Him whenever I need him and wherever I am. But I wasn’t truly trusting him completely.
Growing up I was taught to be independent, self-sufficient, resourceful, etc so I know part of my response came from there but its still no excuse. The Word says all we need is faith as small as a mustard seed.
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. And Matthew 11:30 says, ” For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
I don’t know about you but rest sounds wonderful. Rest from trying to do it all ourselves, rest from trying to “help” God (as if we really could). Lightening our load doesn’t sound bad either.
So, each day I am striving to focus on trusting God for everything that I need and trusting He will take care of all the concerns I lift up to Him. He knows all of them anyway even before we lift them up in prayer.
I don’t claim to be perfect at this but I know I’m better at it today than I was yesterday and I will keep on moving forward.
I will be sharing more of my journey with my “Jericho’s”.
What are yours?