Seventeenth Day of Lent

Scripture: Joshua 6:1-24

The story of Jericho’s fall will forever remind me of Veggie Tales’ French peas launching purple slushies over the wall and down onto the Israelites. Despite the somewhat silliness of this memory, along with it comes an encouragement and an assurance of God’s strength and power.

Joshua and the Israelite’s exemplify an incredible trust and faith in God and His promise. The city of Jericho was a fortress! With barred gates and towering walls, conquering Jericho was a near impossible task from a human standpoint. Yet, it was this very city that stood in the way of the Israelites and their Promised Land. For six days they marched around the city knowing very little other than that God was with them and that God would deliver them. At daybreak on the seventh day, the Israelites were up and ready to go signifying a willing obedience to God and His plans. Trusting that God would do as He said, they marched on.

As with Joshua and the Israelites, I believe that we are called to enter into life with the same faith, the same obedience, and the same trust in God. Be encouraged and comforted in the fact that God is always with us. When situations arise that appear to be nearly impossible, remember the miraculous power of God and know that we are not alone. No matter how many “purple slushies” knock us down, God can make the biggest fortresses and barriers in our lives crumble. We can have faith in knowing that through God’s grace and power we too can march on.

Karl Johnson
Faith Covenant Church, Winnipeg, MB