they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it - Joshua 6:20
What is the WALL in your life today? The wall that is too tall to climb over, too wide to go around in this world, or to thick to knock down? We all have or have had walls in our life.
I have realized over this past couple of years that I had walls I knew nothing about! I know! That sounds crazy, doesn't it?! Let me try to explain what I mean...
A Wall is meant for safe keeping of something, right? So if I am speaking of personal walls, it will be a wall that keeps me protected from potential harm. Right??
Although, how many times do you think walls have been built when the harm was only in our emotions or our imagination? It happens! I mean, what about when someone says something to you with no harm intended and you twist it all around in your own mind to mean it as degrading. Blocks have started stacking up & beginning to look like a wall.
So what now? What are we to do with those few courses of blocks that have started? Well, we can continue to replay all the ways she meant harm and help the wall to continue to grow taller.
OR, we can demolish the wall while it is still small! Breaking down walls is God's specialty! He promises to give us what we need to destroy all hindrances, but we have to make the decision to ask what our part is as we begin handle this situation.
What if God reveals your wall was started because YOU?? Because you were already in a state of stinking thinking! You were down on yourself and blamed it on her? OUCH!
What we do with what God reveals to us will determine what happens to the wall!
Another kind of wall is one constructed in a loved one's heart. These walls may be easy for you to see, but they are blind of it. What do we do then?
I recently had a Jesus moment while praying about someone I love dearly. The wall is so evident to me and it hurts my heart to see how their wall has blocked out not harmful things but wonderful things!
Things that make life here worth living...JOY, PEACE, COMPASSION, CONTENTMENT is what has been kept out since that wall was built years ago.
Walls this old are just too tall, too thick, and too wide to be destroyed it seems.
BUT GOD... God is the Master Carpenter and Demo is his specialty! He can break down the biggest wall, have it crumble into dust and clean up the mess as if it never existed! I have seen it happen!
If you are like me and praying for someone with the 'too big' walls, let me give you some encouragement that came in a Jesus moment recently....
Jericho's walls were fortified! Strongest of any constructed. BUT not only broke down the walls, He did it without one single sledge hammer or wrecking ball.
Remember what God used to bring down those walls????.....His people being obedient to walk. JUST WALK!
It must've looked crazy to them, but they chose to trust & obey even when it was nuts.
God said, "walk around the city wall every day for 6 days. Then on the 7th day, walk around it 7 times and on the last round, blow the trumpets and shout as the walls come down"- my paraphrase :) read JOSHUA 6 for the full story!
So today, pray asking for HIS plan to demolish the walls. If He says for you to just walk, then just walk. If He wants you to go in and begin to break it down with a sledge hammer, He will show you that too.
For me, He reminded me of this story to let me know I CANNOT FIX this situation for my loved one. No words, No actions, Nothing in my power will change it.
BUT GOD...He let me know He has it already worked out, and my job is to keep walking, keep praying and wait for it to happen! YES!!
I am more confident today than ever that I will see those walls crumble and this heart restored as if the wall was never there! Praising Him as I Walk today!!