Many if us say we want to live with a real and honest faith. We say we are tired of the “fake it till you make it” mentality, so we can often pendulum into extreme negativity. We assume that by venting our frustrations we are living authentically.
However, I have found that real and honest truth is not found in the midst of my circumstances. My circumstances often speak of my lack, insecurities, and fears. Everything on earth will chop and change. My emotions change. My bank balance fluctuates. My relationships ebb and flow. But God is my constant. God is faithful. My spiritual perspective speaks of hope, victory, and freedom.
So there’s something powerful about lifting our eyes up to God. There’s something life changing about tuning into God rather than allowing the wavelength of our circumstances to scream out.
In the early chapters of Joshua we read the story of Jericho. This was the first city that the Hebrews were taking in their Promised Land. After centuries of slavery, and then decades of wondering in the desert, finally the Promise of God was here!
But they still had to fight for the land. There was still going to be an invasion. There was still going to be battle. And as much as the Canaanites of Jericho were melting in fear (Joshua 2:24), there was still a risk that the Hebrews would lose. I mean, after all, they were a people accustomed to slavery and the wilderness. Victory would have been unusual.
But instead of relying on their past behaviors, like stewing in disappointment, complaining, or building idols, the Hebrews did something unique; they tuned into God’s voice, listened to what He said, and they marched around the city in silence six times before raising their voices in a cry of victory. Instead of moaning, instead of succumbing to pessimism, instead of losing heart, the Hebrews obeyed God’s seemingly strange instruction to take the land. They decided to trust God. They took courage and chose to believe that God was leading them and that He was not going to give them over to defeat.
And on the seventh day, the walls came toppling down and Jericho was won.
How many of us can learn from the Hebrews example? How many of us need to align our hearts with the Truth that God will never leave us or forsake us? How many of us need to overcome our own insecurities and listen to what God is leading us to do? How many of us need to raise our voice in praise and thanksgiving, rather than moaning and complaining?
As much as grumbling feels good, it hinders us from advancing forward. Trust and praise are keys to unlocking victory but negativity keeps us on an endless road of defeat. Our complaining prolongs God’s Promises but our praise releases His victory.
In the midst of the storm, we need to acknowledge who God is. We need to speak it out. We need to sing worship songs and lift our eyes to Jesus. It’s not faking it because we are acknowledging the truth of who He is and who He has made us to be.
So lift up your eyes. Look to the One who fights for you and is changing you from glory to glory. Look to the One who loves and empowers you. And watch as the walls that surround your Promise come tumbling down.