(This is Part 7 of a 10-part series exploring leadership lessons from the book of Joshua in the Bible. I wrote this with men in mind, but the leadership principles discussed are, of course, transferrable to women, as well.)
But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” (Joshua 6:2-5)
When Joshua sought truth, submitted to authority, and humbly served the Commander of the Lord’s Army, God gave him the unconventional battle strategy for defeating Jericho. I wish I could have seen the look on Joshua’s face. You want me to go into battle with no weapons? Exchange my sword for a horn? And how exactly are the walls going to come down again?
As leaders, we can easily become self-reliant, depending on our own skills, strategies, and strengths. We can look at a situation and conclude, “I know how to defeat this problem.” Let’s go! And we run right past the Lord’s messenger standing in our path with our swords drawn, confident in our own power. Truthfully, how many times have you done this and had it end well?
Joshua was a strong and courageous warrior. He likely had already devised a solid battle strategy, yet he was willing to stop and seek God’s plan, setting aside his own. Joshua understood that if God led them to Jericho, he needed to trust God to bring them victory over Jericho.
What is your “Jericho?” What obstacle(s) are you facing that seems insurmountable? Are you willing to put down your sword and pick up a horn? To stop fighting in the flesh and instead worship in the spirit?