The battle is the Lord’s
Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” Joshua 6:1-5 NLT
What matters in the life of every believer is the realization that God is with them. So, the next thing to do is to step out of faith when there is an assurance that God is there ahead of you and already at work. Joshua’s life has been founded upon the belief that he is at the behest of God’s lordship over His life. He is second in command for God is the commander-in-chief. When we fail to understand the position of God over our lives, we can easily be defeated. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Though Joshua was a trained soldier under the leadership of Moses, he still knew that without God there will be no guarantee of success. The Israelites had entered Jericho, a nation that was filled with moral decay and ungodliness. Yet God’s instructions to Joshua made it clear that wherever God is at work, he is in the presence of a holy God and in a holy ground. This is an important matter that every believer should be constantly aware of. Though we might be surrounded by ungodliness, if God had placed us in such situation, we must behave accordingly. This is why there is no such thing as “sacred” or “secular” in the life of believers. When we are committed to serve the Lord no matter what circumstances we are in, we have to humble ourselves before His presence and offer our service as expression of our worship. “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The battle is the Lord’s and all Joshua has to do is to listen and obey. Whatever we go through in life becomes an opportunity for us to trust God and be comforted with the knowledge that He is with us.