Joshua 6:2-5 (KJV) And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into your hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor. And ye shall compass the city…and go round about the city once. Thus shalt you do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets…when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
Sometimes it is easy to fall into a pattern of expectancy when it comes to approaching life’s situations because of our familiarity with key aspects of the situation. However, there are times when a new situation calls for a different approach that shakes us to our very core because it is no longer business as usual. It takes us from our comfort zone and into new uncharted territories because we have to look to something outside of our our understanding to accomplish the task. Such is life…
Understanding The Text
Unlike any military conquest, the battle of Jericho would take on a different approach. The Lord provides Joshua with a strategy that, in modern times, would seem ridiculous. However, after having witnessed: 1) the parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River, 2) the ten plagues in Egypt, and 3) the miraculous maintenance of Israel’s basic human needs during the wilderness period (to name a few), it would not be difficult to believe that God would be able to bring this victory to pass. This approach is more symbolic of a ritual than warfare. It is more akin to worship than it is to battle. Despite the unusual approach, Joshua obeyed the Lord and was able to secure an unusual outcome.
Unique experiences can alter the way we engage every day living. We must be able to adapt in order to overcome what may be an interruption that is critical to our becoming who God created us to become.
Why Is This Important To Us?
How many times have you been faced with a situation and you have heard the Voice of the Lord say, “Just worship..”? Worship sets up an atmosphere that invites God’s Divine Presence to come and inhabit this designated space. When God is honored with our worship, He begins to move Heaven and earth to meet us at the point of our need. He responds by causing our enemy to be put to flight and raises a hedge of protection around us that cannot be penetrated. He leads us forward into victory…all because we trusted Him and His strategy for “taking the city” (Josh. 6:2,16).
In ordinary warfare, we muster up every strategy we know that has worked to our benefit in the past. However, sometimes we encounter an unusual enemy (i.e., COVID-19) whose tactics are unknown and seem to overthrow every conventional strategy we know and it calls for a different approach. We have to adjust our entire perspective if we choose to be victorious over our enemy. This new enemy forever changes how we approach life as we know it and we have to consider that this might be the way things will be moving forward. It, then, becomes our new norm whether we like it or not.
It sometimes takes looking through a different set of lenses to attain our objectives in life. It does not feel comfortable because we are used to doing life differently. However, our mindsets and approach cannot be business as usual in every situation. Our enemy becomes familiar with our familiarity and will continue to defeat us in life’s battles unless we adopt new warfare policies.
Each situation calls for a different approach. There will always be something that comes and shakes us to our very foundation and disrupts the “we have always done it this way” mentality. Afterward, life is changed because we had to abandon what we previously had known for something different. Life will never be the same after what we have experienced. Welcome to the new norm…