And The Walls Fell Down: The Power of a People of Faith
June 1, 2020
At the time of writing this post, we are in the midst of two pandemics. One is the Corona Virus that has taken the lives of almost 400,000 and devastated the world; shifting what we thought was normal. The second is the pandemic that has plagued America since 1619 when the first 19 or so Africans arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia, near Jamestown, in 1619, brought by British privateers who had seized them from a captured Portuguese slave ship. That pandemic is the murder of the black man.
For years our story, as blacks in America, has been one where we are unfairly treated in a country that says we are one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. We have never been seen the same as our white counterparts, here in America, the home of the brave. The place where ALL are supposed to be equal. Yet, we, black Americans are far from being treated as equally as our white counterparts.
The recent murder of George Floyd under the KNEE of Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin is just one of MANY examples of my aforementioned words. We, the black American people, have been living and dying through a pandemic since 1619. It is by the grace of God that so many of us have lived to see this day. As sad as it is, we are here. The same is not so for George, Breonna, Eric, Sandra, Amaud, Tamir, Trayvon, and the rest.
In my prayers, I have been asking Abba for answers to the pandemic. My heart has been in deep pain to the point that my ability to communicate what’s on my heart cannot be conveyed via a live stream, which is my norm. I get choked up and end up back in prayer, seeking. I have been seeking Him for solutions. He keeps showing me love, faith, mercy, and grace. He shows me the power we have when we trust and believe in him.
Let’s consider the Israelites in the following passage of scripture:
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.
When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. ~ Joshua 6:2-5, 15, 20-21
As children of God, our power is not in the protest, but in how we protest. I protest daily but my protest stems from my identity and faith in Christ.
The Israelite protested. They protested against those who had taken what belonged to them. They protested for their rights to enter the land of milk and honey promised to them. They wanted their Promise Land.
The key, however, in them gaining access was in HOW they protested.
- They prepared themselves (See Joshua 1-3).
- They heeded and obeyed.
- They exercised faith and believed.
- They worked as a unit.
- They showed up and did the work.
- They reaped the reward that God had for them.
For seven days the chosen people of God did exactly what they were told to do. The secret to their victory was in the faith they exercised. You see, my sister/my brother, on the seventh round they had a command to make NOISE, use their voice, and to do so TOWARD the walls that needed to come down. When they obeyed, it was not the breath of God that blew the walls down. It was the power of their VOICE that made the wall tumble down. It was the vibration and energy of the waves from the music and the shout that made the walls of Jericho all fall down.
This one act of obedience and faithful action resulted in them conquering not only the city but everything that belonged to them.
Freedom and equality belong to ALL people and yet for some it’s not as easy to come by. Can I challenge you to stretch your imagination for a minute?
See the walls that hinder us from our freedom and equality as something we can conquer. However, we can’t conquer them with the same exact evil that is dished out to us. Our protest should not turn into riots because that’s the same sin we have been plagued with for years.
No, instead we must use the voice God gave us to conquer and win. The waves we cause with the shout of a voice backed by God’s love, justice, and truth is what will cause the walls of an establishment set up to harm us, fall to the ground. Nope, it will not happen overnight; but then again, we really don’t know if we don’t exercise our faith using the example of the Israelites in Joshua 6.
Ask the Holy Spirit, “Holy Spirit, what is my voice for such a time as this? How does God want me to shout?”