The Problem Is Not Greater Than the Promise - April 15, 2018
The Bible contains promises for the people of God. Some believers have also received prophetic promises spoken through God’s prophets concerning things to come in their lives. We hold these promises dear and while we wait for the manifestation(s), our faith is often tried. Sometimes there are problems that hold back our promises, and sometimes the promise is simply long in coming.
The Israelite nation was given a promise but it took a long time to be fulfilled for many reasons. But God spoke to Joshua and let him know that fulfillment was imminent.
Joshua 6:1-5 NLT
2 But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. 3 You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. 4 Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. 5 When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”
Regardless of this unusual strategy, Joshua immediately moved into action. When God gives direction, we need to move right away. We don’t need to second-guess the strategy or worry about what others might think about it - we simply need to move. I believe this strategy was employed to test the faith and obedience of Israelites.
Why would God have them circle the Jericho? Often, we see our problems as insurmountable; so big that we can’t see around it or see how to get around it. But by circling the problem, it was brought down to size. Each day as they circled it, I’m sure it seemed smaller and smaller because they got to see it from a 360 degree perspective – they could see the cracks, flaws, and areas of vulnerability. It is the enemy’s job to have us believe that our problem(s) is insurmountable. We look at it and our first instinct is to get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it. But if you circle your problem with prayer, God will show you through the Spirit that it isn’t as big as you think it is.
Sometimes the problem hinders the promises of God concerning you. God promised to give the Israelites the land of Canaan where Jericho was located. But Jericho stood in their way. As they circled Jericho, each day brought a higher level of faith that with God’s help, they could conquer their problem and realize God’s promise.
You’ve got to identify your “Jericho”, be it from the perspective of a problem or a promise. Remember, the problem is not greater than the promise. I encourage you not to give up circling because you never know when the wall is about to fall. You may be only one prayer away from realizing your promise.