The LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.” (Joshua 6:2, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The walls were still standing and the gates were shut and secured. That is what Joshua could see. But God wanted him to see beyond the obstacles before him. “I have delivered Jericho into your hands.” The LORD is describing a future result as if it had already occurred. The only possible uncertainty there could be was in the mind of Joshua. Did He believe and trust God enough to see the task (a humanly impossible task) through?
So it is with us. We face an uncertain future while still in this world. Our ultimate deliverance, a future event, has already been accomplished. The only question that remains is how we deal with the walls between us and that certainty. Will we advance or retreat? Or perhaps even worse, stand still? “You are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold…” (Revelation 3:15–16, NIV 1984).
My Advice – If you are in Christ and still in this world, you still have something to do for the Kingdom. It might involve advancing against formidable obstacles or opposition. But if God is calling you to it, He will see you through it. “This is the word of the LORD to [those I call]: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. “What are you, O mighty mountain? Before [those I send] you will become level ground.” (Zechariah 4:6–7, NIV 1984). If you are in retreat, sound recall. If you are standing still, sound the advance. And watch walls crumble and mountains become level. The only possible uncertainty is in our minds.
Inspired by Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s (First Baptist Church of Sycamore, Illinois) sermon, August 1, 2021. (Sermons – Come to First).