Where Do We Stand?
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his
eyes and looked . . . (Josh 5:13a)
What was Joshua doing, looking at Jericho? What was going
through his mind? He knew God had a mission for him. Here we are. This is the enemy we’re to
destroy. It starts here.
Jericho is like our sinful nature. It’s evil,
it’s strong, and it must be destroyed. How do we view our Jerichos?
Do we survey them from a distance, pondering over how to conquer them?
Or are we caught up in the joys of
according to the flesh, stimulating our emotions with movies and music, buying
satisfaction from materialism, and laughing off gossip and profanity?
There’s no sense of mission in
that kind of lifestyle. There’s no urgency to conquer. That’s not surveying Jericho—that’s living in
As Christians, we’ve left Egypt.
We’ve been justified by faith and baptized—Christ’s blood has removed the
reproach of our sins. We’re enjoying God’s blessings spiritually and
physically. Maybe we’re thinking that’s it—“I’m saved!”
But, crossing the Jordan
isn’t the end; it is the beginning. Perhaps in our hearts there still lies a vast land infested with firmly-planted sinful desires
that have yet to be uprooted. Do we feel a sense of mission and urgency like
Joshua felt, to face the daunting and arduous battles ahead? Did we cross over
the river Jordan
armed and prepared for war (Josh 4:12, 13)?
And behold, a Man stood opposite him with His
sword drawn in His hand . . . He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the
Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped
. . . Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal
off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Josh
Joshua encountered God personally.
He was able to stand on holy ground.
What is our mindset? Are we
standing afar outside of Jericho
looking upon it with purpose, or are we standing in it, enjoying its illusion
of fortitude and pleasure? Where we stand determines whether or not we
encounter God. It determines whether we are on His side. It determines whether
our feet are on holy ground.
Where do we stand?
Question for Reflection:
Do you feel a sense of mission and
urgency to face the daunting and arduous battles ahead?