“When Joshua was by Jericho…he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him.” (Joshua 5:13) After Joshua lifted his eyes, he saw the LORD. As long as our eyes are on Jericho we won’t see the LORD. We must look up!
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills - From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
When facing a daunting challenge, Martin Luther King shifted his focus and turned to God. At the end of himself and on his knees he wrote, “I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced Him before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying, ‘Stand up for righteousness, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.’”
Your Jericho is your fear. Your Jericho is your anger, bitterness, or prejudice. Your insecurity about the future. Your guilt about the past. Your negativity, anxiety and proclivity to criticize, overanalyze, or compartmentalize. Your Jericho is any attitude or mind-set that keeps you from joy, peace, or rest.
To live in your Promised Land, you must face Jericho.
Help comes after you lift your eyes!
Excerpts from “Glory Days”, by Max Lucado (2015)
Copyright 2015, Shari Meisel, Unpublished Work