Today’s Scripture: By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. Hebrews 11:30

A pastor wanted to check up on his Sunday school classes and see if they were learning anything. So, he asked the kids, “Who knocked down the walls of Jericho?”

No one said a word. Finally, little Billy spoke up and said, “Pastor, I promise you, it wasn’t me this time.”

To the pastor’s dismay, the Sunday school teacher came to Billy’s defense. “Pastor, Billy is a pretty good boy, so if he says he didn’t do it, I believe him.”

The pastor couldn’t believe it, so he went to his elders and told them what had transpired. Eventually one of the elders said, “Pastor, why don’t we just pay for the walls to be fixed, and we’ll just forget all this happened?”

If that pastor had any pride, it was quickly deflated. That is the first of five actions of faith that we are going to learn from the life of Joshua. Faith will deflate pride. Pride is the thing that will destroy you.

I imagine that the inhabitants of Jericho felt very secure in their city. Their pride and confidence were in the massive wall that surrounded and protected them. However, it wasn’t the brute strength of a massive army that brought that mighty wall down; it was faith in God’s plan.

With God, it is amazing what we can do. With God, all things are possible. It is just as true today as it was in Joshua’s time. We had better believe God’s Word and be prepared to act in faith and do it God’s way.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.