So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.Joshua 6:20
Can you imagine the plans we would have devised to capture Jericho? Can you imagine how you would have responded to the plan Joshua presented to the people? I’m trying to put myself in their place. Maybe I would have done exactly as he said. Maybe I would have shouted a great shout. I hope that would have been my response, but I also have enough track record to know it might not have been. I don’t do a whole lot of shouting. It just isn’t who I am…but I think that might be part of the point. The victory at Jericho wasn’t about who the Israelites were. It was about who their God is. One second the walls of Jericho stood tall, and the next second they were flat on the ground. How? Were the Israelites exceptionally gifted shouters? I don’t think that’s it. The author of Hebrews says it was “by faith” (11:30) that the walls fell. That means the walls came down not by sophisticated strategies or schemes but by faith in God and His improbable plan. The victory in Jericho pointed to the glory and power of God, not the military might or vocal force of the Israelites.
The truth is we’ll never know how we would have responded at Jericho, but we all get to find out how we’ll respond to God’s call today. So what has He called you to do? The good news for us is the same as it was at Jericho…God is always faithful to work through the faith of His people. So, let’s walk where He calls us to walk, be silent when He says to be silent, and shout when He says to shout. Then, just as it did in Jericho, the victory will declare (and maybe even shout) the glory and power of our God.