It must have felt so odd to the Israelites. They’re facing an impenetrable walled city. They must take it. But how? You can imagine them looking to Joshua. Wanting the plan, the tactics. The clever strategy to win this battle.
Yet, the simpliest, most illogical of plans is presented. To walk around the city, for six days and on the seventh day, to do so seven times. It seems like one crazy strategy, for as James Boice wrote “high walls do not fall to the noise of tramping feet; cities are not won by trumpets.”
But the walls did fall and Jericho was taken. The battle though was not fought by the Israelites for God had already won it.
“Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.” (Joshua 6:2)
Before the march around Jericho had begin, the Lord had declared victory already.
How often do we in life face battles? Insurmountable odds. We want the clever strategy too. We want the silver bullet. But if there’s one thing that we can learn from the Israelities and Jericho is to trust God even when it doesn’t make sense. To remember that the Battle belongs to the Lord.
This is how we fight our battles.