GOD’S PLAN FOR VICTORY
Reading: Joshua 5v13 to 6v20
Text: Joshua 6v2 3 words:- ….the Lord spoke….
There are many places in the Bible where we can see God’s plan for victory in action. One of the best is Joshua’s account of the conquering of Jericho and the way he (Joshua) followed God’s plan to the letter.
What is victory?
Success? Measured against what standard? One person’s great success might be seen by another as massive failure! Depends on what you’re aiming for and how you look at things. The cross – the big failure of a godly man or the resounding eternal victory of the Son of God and for the God of all creation?
Wealth? Compared with who or what? Malawi materially poor yet spiritually vastly richer than we may ever experience here in the west!
Happiness? Fleeting or lasting or eternal?
Job 20v5 – The mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the Godless lasts but for a moment.
Prov 14v13 – Even in laughter, the heart may ache and joy may end in grief.
Isaiah 12v3 – With joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.
Romans 14v17 – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Victory can be illusory: The Olympic athlete (Javelin or Long Jumper?) Years of training, the moment truth, world record broken, victory and elation; the next contestant stood up, prepared, and threw two inches longer.
Victory for the first only for the moment, then ultimately failure to take the victor’s gold.
Victory not always in visible or tangible results, nor in popularity or a following of crowds of people.
When Jesus was condemned scripture says “all the disciples deserted him and fled.” (Matt 26v56)
At the end of Paul’s ministry he recorded that “everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me.” (2Tim 1v15)
So we cannot measure physical or spiritual victories by human standards; we have to learn God’s standards and methods.
In the unfolding of God’s plan to Joshua for the capture of that seemingly impregnable highly fortified major city of Jericho, we find five fundamental steps. We do well to take heed of each one and follow them all to the letter into victory in everything we do.
You and I MUST know and understand that “the Lord said” “Then the Lord said to Joshua; ‘See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.” Then God gave detailed instructions to be followed without any variance no matter what.