Joshua 6:1-2 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
The wrong perspective could be the difference between victory and defeat. Your perspective determines what you believe and how you respond. After the Children of Israel crossed the flooded Jordan River, they came and met up with another obstacle: the gates of Jericho were tightly shut and on top of that the walls were thick and seen as impenetrable. But look at what was God’s perspective on the matter In Joshua 6:2; He said “see I have given into thine hand, Jericho ”. In the midst of what seems to be shut doors, God saw victory and not defeat.
Like the Children of Israel at the walls of Jericho all you may be seeing right now is shut doors on all sides. That may have caused you to conclude that it is just hopeless. Change your perspective: choose to see your circumstance through the eyes of God. Rather than see defeat, choose to see victory. The reason why Jericho was shut up was because the people of Jericho were fearful of what the Children of Israel could do. The people of Jericho knew about the parting of the Red Sea, they also knew of the other cities that were taken on the other side of the Jordan and now they were fearful that the same thing would be their fate. Today be encouraged by your shut doors, embrace the obstacles. It is confirmation that the enemy sees you as a threat and you have the victory.
Never forget that shut doors can only stop you if you stop trying. See your circumstance through God’s eyes and think outside of the box. The solution that God gave the Children of Israel was out of the box – walking through the gate was the normal way, but not the only way. The walls tumbling down was an even better way. The only way you can embrace these possibilities is to see your obstacles through God’s eyes.
Life Application: Through conversation with God, inform yourself of His perspective on your circumstance.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may I see things from your perspective at all times. Let me see the impossible situations as possible. May I see through the eyes of faith and recognize that all things are working for my good. In Jesus name, amen.