Thursday – March 28, 2024

Joshua 5-8; Psalm 14; Luke 15

by Becky Hill Martin

“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 6:5

Ever notice how we create invisible barriers around ourselves? Made up of fears, doubts, and painful experiences, they’re shields to keep us safe from life’s uncertainties. We build them to dodge tough emotions, truths, or past hurts. We think they’re rock solid, but they can’t handle Divine Intervention.

Take the story of Jericho in Joshua 6:5, for instance. God’s game plan? March around the walls and blow trumpets. Sounds weird, right? But it’s a stellar metaphor for how God smashes through the barriers we put up within ourselves. When those priests hit that long trumpet note, the people shouted their hearts out, and boom – the walls crumbled like a house of cards.

Same deal in our lives. God breaks down our emotional barricades through “aha” moments, divine nudges, and whispers in our ear. He urges us to let go and rely on Him. So we can charge ahead with fresh courage and faith just like the Israelites did once the walls of Jericho fell.

Bottom line? We might think we’re safe behind the walls we create but it’s God who holds the sledgehammer. Relying on Him is the only way to break free, be real, and grow in ways we never thought possible.