“And when you 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” (Joshua 6:5).
The shout of steadfast faith is in direct contrast to the moans of wavering faith, and to the wails of discouraged hearts. Among the many “secrets of the Lord,” I do not know of any that is more valuable than the secret of this shout of faith. The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.” He did not say, “I will give,” but “I have given.” It belonged to them already; and now they were called to take possession of it. But the great question was, How? It looked impossible, but the Lord declared His plan.
Now, no one can suppose for a moment that this shout caused the walls to fall. And yet the secret of their victory lay in just this shout, for it was the shout of a faith which dared, on the authority of God’s Word alone, to claim a promised victory, while as yet there were no signs of this victory being accomplished. And according to their faith God did unto them; so that, when they shouted, He made the walls to fall.
God had declared that He had given them the city, and faith reckoned this to be true. And long centuries afterwards the Holy Spirit recorded this triumph of faith in Hebrews:
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” – Hebrews 11:30
— Hannah Whitall Smith.
“Faith can never reach its consummation,
Till the victor’s thankful song we raise:
In the glorious city of salvation,
God has told us all the gates are praise.”
And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me” (John 11:41).
This is a very strange and unusual order. Lazarus is still in the grave, and the thanksgiving precedes the miracle of resurrection. I thought that the thanksgiving would have risen when the great deed had been wrought, and Lazarus was restored to life again. But Jesus gives thanks for what He is about to receive. The gratitude breaks forth before the bounty has arrived, in the assurance that it is certainly on the way. The song of victory is sung before the battle has been fought. It is the sower who is singing the song of the harvest home. It is thanksgiving before the miracle!
Who thinks of announcing a victory-psalm when the crusaders are just starting out for the field? Where can we hear the grateful song for the answer which has not yet been received? And after all, there is nothing strange or forced, or unreasonable in the Master’s order. Praise is really the most vital preparatory ministry to the working of the miracles. Miracles are wrought by spiritual power. Spiritual power is always proportioned to our faith.– Dr. Jowett
The Book of Joshua talks about the sin of Achan. Some translations say that Achan took of the accursed things. But did he really take those things that were cursed? The Literal Translation Version (LITV) says that Achan took things that were devoted to God. Previously Joshua had instructed the Israelites that the gold and the silver were holy to the LORD.
Many times we think of Achan and wonder how could someone be this stupid – stealing from the LORD Himself. But when we look at few things that are holy to the Sovereign God, we will realize that deep in our heart, we also bury them, just like Achan did.
Worship belongs to the LORD. Revelation 4:11 clearly mentions this:
“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion…” – Rev. 4:11 (AMP)
Yet, there are times we worship the LORD for yet another reason. A promise of the LORD Himself.
“Wherever I cause My Name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.” – Exo. 20:24b (NIV)
Keeping this promise in our minds, we worship and honor the LORD, hoping that He will bless us. Deep in our hearts, there is a desire to be blessed which causes us to worship. Yes, there is a Achan hiding deep inside our heart.
Another thing that belongs to the LORD is praise. The Bible mentions why God created us. The LORD proudly declares this about us:
“… the people whom I formed for Myself, that they might declare My praise.” – Isa. 43:21 (ESV)
Yes, we are formed for one purpose: that we may declare the praise of our Father and His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. But there are times we praise the LORD for a different reason.
At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. – 2 Chr. 20:22 (NLT)
So, now we praise the LORD, but our eyes are focused on our enemies. We are wondering when will they start fighting among themselves. When they don’t, we start to praise louder, hoping that will sow confusion among our enemies. Still nothing happens, we lose our heart and start to wonder whether praising the LORD is even worth it. Yes, there is a Achan hiding deep inside our hearts.
So, how to get rid of this Achan from our heart? Joshua gives us the way to get rid of this Achan from our heart.
“Give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, by telling the truth.” – Jos. 7:19 (NLT)
Yes, admitting the truth that is hidden deep in our hearts is also a way of giving glory to the LORD. Yes, the LORD desires truth in the inner being. (Psa. 51:6)
But, we may ask one thing: didn’t Achan get killed along with his family when he told the truth? Yes, that’s true. But, there is a good news, dear friend. Jesus Christ, our Savior, has paid the cost of all our sins in the Calvary.
So, dear friend, let us admit the truth before the LORD, let the Achan in our hearts die, and may be the LORD our God be glorified in our life. Amen.
|Psalm 46:10“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.””
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