THE PERFECT NUMBER
We see the number seven many times throughout the Bible. It’s the number of divine perfection. It’s a number of purpose. And in the battle of Jericho, it’s a number that represents God’s blessing.
God told the Israelites to walk around the walls of Jericho for seven days led by seven priests. On the seventh day, they were to march around the walls seven times. God promised that at the end of their seventh circuit around Jericho on the seventh day, the walls would collapse. The Israelites believed in the Lord’s greatness and His plan for victory. They remained united, like-minded, holy, consistent, and obedient. And on the seventh day, they conquered the unconquerable and took possession of the Promised Land.
Seven was the number God gave to Israel, but He may have a different number or timeframe for you. It could be seven weeks, months, or years—or longer—but rest assured that the Lord knows your number. In His sovereignty, He knows the precise time your victory is coming.
Psalm 139:16 reveals that God had all your days written down in His book before one of them came to be. Your job is to have faith. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s, but know the Lord is preparing you for victory by shaping you in the difficult times.
Jesus endured a season of suffering as He submitted to God’s plan. He experienced betrayal, naysayers, doubters, haters, and excruciating pain as He hung upon the cross. He went through this great trial—for what must have seemed like an eternity—because of His great love for us. Hebrews 12:1-3 says that Christ was able to see the glory and joy set before Him. He is our supreme example that there is hope even during our trials and great reward awaiting us.
During your walk around the walls of your personal Jericho, you may experience pain and uncertainty. But if you are faithful and follow God’s plan, you will see the walls fall down in God’s perfect timing. And just as the Israelites shouted and sounded the trumpets at the end of their journey, you too will celebrate your victory. That very moment is worth all the pain and strife that preceded it.
God’s power and His love for you are greater than any obstacle you may be facing today. Trust in the unfailing character of the Lord. Follow His plan, and see the walls fall down.