Overcoming the Insurmountable
The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month. Then they camped at Gilgal, just east of Jericho. - (Joshua 4:19)
The day of reckoning had come for Jericho. The inhabitants of the city were very wicked people, and they deserved judgment. History tells us the Canaanites used their children as prostitutes for false gods and even sacrificed their children on pagan altars. They were into every kind of idolatry, perversion, and sin.
This evil had gone on for years and years, and God had patiently endured it, from the time of Abraham to Moses—a period of four hundred years. The people of Jericho had plenty of time to repent, because they knew the Israelites were coming. When the spies met Rahab, she said, “For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear!” (Joshua 2:10–11 nlt).
These people knew about the miracles God had done for Israel, yet they continued in their hardness of heart. Then came the Israelites, marching around their city day after day. The Canaanites easily could have said, “Judgment day is here! We repent! Come into our city—we want to serve your God!” Instead, they probably laughed at the Israelites. They probably dumped garbage on them. But when the last day came, Israel blew their ram’s horns and gave their shouts, and the walls of Jericho collapsed.
Like the people of Israel, you can overcome the insurmountable. Just do what God tells you to do, and trust Him. There is no illness He can’t heal. There is no need He can’t meet. There is no problem He can’t resolve. And there is no person He can’t save. Just trust Him.
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