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And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days… And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD…  And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout… And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times… And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city… So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:2-3, 7, 10, 15, 16, 20)

I recently told some lady friends that I believe we are all control freaks. Oh, we see it in others pretty easily; after all, they’re trying to control us. But we don’t see that we fail in so much because we try to control things. In all our controlling, there is no room for God, no room for faith. We work to get our husbands, our fathers, our children, our church leaders, our unsaved family, whatever, to do what we want them to. Instead of silently marching around our Jericho’s, praying and waiting on God to do what He will, we take our manmade weapons into our own hands.

And we shout when it’s not the time. But ours is not a victory shout of faith, knowing God is working and will do what is good (since He can only do what is good); ours is a shout of anger, of control. We use our voices as weapons against one another, instead of praising God, and one another. My brethren, these things ought not to be. “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:9-10)

Are things not the way you wish them to be in your relationships? Consider that you may be using your feeble manmade weapons, instead of quietly waiting on the Lord to do what only He can do — change folks. Contrary to what we may believe about our intellect, our speech gifts, our money, our looks, or whatever it is that we use as a weapon to get what we want, these weapons do not bring victory. It is pride that makes us think we can control others, can control situations, can make things happen our way. And we fail, or we win on the surface but the cost to us is staggering, because God gives grace to the humble.

The humble let God do His work in His time and His way. God’s arm is not shortened by the weaknesses of those we think should change, nor is His arm lengthened by our puny weapons, no matter how spectacular we feel those weapons are.The humble trusts God, not himself. And when the victory comes, the humble says, “to God, and God alone, be the glory,” with all those who looked on. The proud man says in his heart, “with my weapons, with my mouth, with my ways, in my timing, I made these things to happen. To me be the glory.”

Let us rely on the Lord to knock down the walls of our Jericho’s, be they our fathers, our husbands, our children, our employers, or our church leaders. Let us remember the story of Ai. When we go up to battle in our own strength and with our own weapons, we will suffer a humiliating defeat. Our ways don’t work, folks. Let’s let God be God, and remember who we really are. Dust.

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