Daily Devotions

March 24

Joshua 6:8-21

The strong walls of Jericho
At last the Israelites were in the Promised Land! But their troubles were not over yet. They had to face the people living there and conquer them. The gates of Jericho were kept shut and guarded, and the wall around the city was very high. Then God said to Joshua, “I am giving you Jericho with its king and all its fierce soldiers.”

The Lord told Joshua exactly what to do. So on the first day, the people walked around the city once. The priest carrying the Covenant Box followed the priest blowing the trumpets. They marched around the city once every day for six days. On the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times. On the seventh time around, Joshua ordered the people to shout and the priests to blow their trumpets—and the wall collapsed! Then the Israelites went up into the city and took it.

Can God make my ‘big wall’ come down?
Do you have a problem in your life that seems to be like a huge wall? Maybe it is there all the time—wherever you go; whatever you do, the same wall blocks your way.

Life is not a smooth highway. There will always be ups and downs, bumps in the road and unexpected turns. Jesus did not promise us an easy, trouble-free life (Luke 9:23).

Although problems usually help us to grow stronger in our faith, some may be so big that we cannot climb over them or get around them. They don’t seem to go away, no matter what we do. Only God can break down the walls in your life that are keeping you from doing your best and growing in your relationship with Him. Ask Him to break down the wall that is holding you back; trust Him, and then do what He tells you to.

Verse for today
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b