Today’s Scripture: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

I enjoy working on home improvement projects, such as building a deck or putting together furniture like cabinets or shelves. However, there is one area of putting together furniture that makes me a little nervous. Most of you will know what I’m talking about: you bring home that flat, heavy box that is supposed to be a bookshelf, cabinet, or some other household item that could not possibly fit in the box. You open the box and included with the instructions is a large bag of hardware. It usually ends up that no matter how precisely I follow the instructions, I end up with leftover parts. That usually makes me a little nervous about the stability of my new bookshelf.

In the conquest of Jericho, there was one important detail that Israel had to follow in order to be successful. They had to carry out God’s instructions exactly the way God said. They did not get the result they were looking for on the first day of marching. Success did not come on the second day, third day, or even the sixth day. It was not until the seventh day of following God’s detailed plan that the walls of Jericho collapsed.

If you want God’s best in your life, it is going to require patience. This kind of patience does not mean sitting on the couch doing nothing. This patience is really perseverance – don’t quit! Successful people are people that do not quit. Success is not going to fall into your lap the first time around. However, if you keep doing things God’s way, God will bless, and you will be able to watch the strongholds fall.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.