All the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat. Joshua 6:5.
At the taking of Jericho the mighty General of armies planned the battle in such simplicity that no human being could take the glory to himself. No human hand must cast down the walls of the city, lest man should take to himself the glory of victory. So today no human being is to take to himself glory for the work he accomplishes. The Lord alone is to be magnified. Oh, that men would see the necessity for looking to God for their orders!
The Lord marshaled His armies about the doomed city; no human hand was raised against it; the hosts of heaven overthrew its walls, that God’s name alone might have the glory. It was that proud city whose mighty bulwarks had struck terror to the unbelieving spies. Now in the capture of Jericho, God declared to the Hebrews that their fathers might have possessed the city forty years before, had they but trusted in Him
Men’s weakness shall find supernatural strength and help in every stern conflict to do the deeds of Omnipotence, and perseverance in faith and perfect trust in God will ensure success. While the past confederacy of evil is arrayed against them He bids them to be brave and strong and fight valiantly for they have a heaven to win, and they have more than an angel in their ranks, the mighty General of armies leads on the armies of heaven. As on the occasion of the taking of Jericho, not one of the armies of Israel could boast of exercising their finite strength to overthrow the walls of the city, but the Captain of the Lord’s host planned that battle in the greatest simplicity, that the Lord alone should receive the glory and man should not be exalted. God has promised us all power; for the promise is unto you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
There must be continual faith and trust in the Captain of our salvation. We must obey His orders. The walls of Jericho came down as a result of obeying orders.
Conflict and Courage p. 117
—–Please put Mars on your prayer list. He is having medical problems and the MD’s can’t seem to find what is wrong. Thank you,R.
—–update— I just spoke to Buddy’s Mom this morning and he has already had 6 units of blood. They did an upper GI series and found a small ulcer but do not think that would be the causative factor. They will do a lower GI Thursday Morning. . . . He may require more transfusions as well. . . . Please continue to remember him in your prayers. That is of utmost importance to Buddy. Thank you all for lifting him up to the great physician. Donna
Yesterday, some dear friends who live in another state had a baby. We kept in touch through text and when they had a bit of time they sent pictures of them and the baby in a private message on Facebook. I couldn’t help thinking of the way communication has changed over my lifetime. Even though many people had telephones, the only way to send pictures was through the mail. Nowadays pictures are digital and can be received moments after they are sent. Indeed, thousands can be stored easily on a computer instead of in photo albums.
We have a Best Friend, an Elder Brother Who is longing for us to contact Him. Even though He is farther away than any earthly friend, it only takes a second to contact Him. Are we as eager to keep in contact with our Dear Saviour as we are with our family or our Internet friends? They recently did a survey of the amount of time spent in prayer. The average was three minutes. How lonesome God must be! How He must yearn to hear from us! How His Great Heart of Love must ache with sadness to watch us go about our daily duties and scarcely even have a thought of Him. How He must long to have us spend as much time with Him as we do in communicating with others.
Our Blessed Saviour felt a strong need to pray. In fact, he sometimes spent all night in prayer and supplication. “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12 If He, Who is one with the Father, had need of constant communion with His Heavenly Father, should we not spend more time in communion with Him? Paul says, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” Col 4:2 “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil 4:6
May we “pray without ceasing.” walking in constant communion with God just as Enoch did, that it may be said of us, as it was of Abraham, that we are the friend of God. (1 Thes 5:17, Gen 5:21-24, James 2:23)