But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
In Genesis 2:2, God set a precedence for humans to rest on the sabbath. But God never stops working.
The pharisees continually sought to kill Jesus because they felt He had broken the laws they had made. But Jesus ignored their man-made rules.
God doesn’t follow man-made time-tables or rules. If you’re facing trials, He neither sleeps or stops working. Trust that He will move outside of the boxes we put Him. He will plow through the obstacle and cut short the delays! God is Good!
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Trials can leave you feeling like you just jumped in the ring with the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Getting knocked down and somehow finding the strength to get back up on a daily basis becomes normal.
As many times as you get knocked down, God will give you the strength to get back up. He’s the fight-doctor in your corner, your cheering fan in the stands. He’s there to help you absorb every punch and remain standing until the final bell rings. Victory!
Then I prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land!”
There will be moments along your journey when you feel like there is no hope and the task is impossible. When the low points in your life come, and they will, it’s important to pray.
No one can ever take prayer away from you! God is always there, and He listens to your cry.
Nehemiah was despised and ridiculed, but that became fuel for his communication with God. Nehemiah didn’t take out revenge against the people who mocked him, he entrusted the final results and justice to God.
On the second day they again marched around the town once and returned to the camp. They followed this pattern for six days.
One of the keys to success is consistency. The Israelites had been walking in the desert for 40 years. Jericho was on the edge of their Promised Land, and God tells them to walk around the city for seven more days. Joshua and his men had to march around the walls for seven days. Through this simple exercise, God is building up the faith of His people.
At least one of the soldiers probably said, “This is ridiculous. Nothing is happening. Let’s stop this nonsense.”
There always comes a point in the journey where it’s tempting to quit, but Joshua and the Israelites kept marching. Every day, step after step, they put their trust in God.
As you march around the walls that represent your own personal Jericho, don’t grow weary. Don’t lose heart. You must keep pressing forward. You have to persevere. And you have to be consistent. Chip away at the walls piece-by-piece and step-by-step, and you will eventually see those walls fall down.
So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal.
This is a perfect verse to illustrate impatience and lack of faith. Though God had promised Abram a son, his wife Sarai ‘s lack of faith forced her to doubt God.
We’ve all gotten used to wanting things to happen now. We immediately want to be able to experience God’s blessing right out of the gate. God wants us to wait on Him and remain patient in the face of obstacles and impossible odds. But we want to hit the fast-forward button.
Waiting can be a form of worship and an outward display of faith. Don’t worry about those who may think you’re chasing your tail. God will come through!
You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days.
When God has a battle to be fought, He will assemble like-minded people to stand and persevere.
At the battle of Jericho, God selected men who were united in mindset and mission to march around the walls of the city. The men who walked around the fortified walls were soldiers—they were mighty men who were prepared to fight shoulder-to-shoulder and sword-to-sword.
Forty years of discipline in the wilderness had weeded out all the defectors, complainers, and troublemakers. Only the faithful were left.
If God has placed a Jericho in your path, He will assemble the right group of people to bring down the walls!
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.
1 Peter 1:15
In whatever battle you are facing today, you can make it a holy exercise by bringing God into the equation.
To bring down the walls of Jericho, God instructed the Israelites to carry the Ark. So while the Israelites were simply walking around the walls, they had brought the Lord into the center of their situation.
The Israelites were up against the double fortified walls of Jericho. On their own, they didn’t stand a chance. But God was with them, and He will be with you!