While going through the book of Isaiah, I've realized that there are so many verses that have made me see things differently in my world today.
One of my favorite chapters is Isaiah 52 because the message of the chapter to me is "Leave Your Captivity."
What are we held captive by?
What keeps us back?
What inhibits us from living a free life?
I read somewhere that in freedom people find sin.
But I believe the opposite to be true: When they are bound by sin, people realize that real freedom is in the Lord.
When we leave the captivity of sin, we walk into freedom. And no matter what the fight or the cost, I believe that freedom is worth everything.
But finding freedom and leaving the captivity of sin takes a lot of courage — it takes a lot of fearlessness. So, from Isaiah I jumped to Joshua to read a story of fearlessness.
Moses has passed away, and it is now Joshua's turn to lead his people out of their captivity. He has big shoes (or sandals) to fill, and all of his people are looking to him.
The story of the fall of Jericho happens in the fifth and sixth chapters of the book of Joshua, and I find the part before the fall fascinating.
Can you imagine being one of those who walked around the wall? Would you have been terrified? Or would you have been strong and of good courage?
I can imagine that before they left to walk around the wall, Joshua gathered everyone together and gathered his courage to help them gather theirs. I can imagine him saying that to leave their captivity they must be fearless; they must be what Jericho expected them not to be.
I can imagine him saying, "Our fearlessness will be our secret weapon."
Because to leave captivity we must be fearless.
But this fearlessness does not come from us. It comes from God.
Since the Lord never fails, there's nothing ahead of us to fear so we can live fearlessly.
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