A self-study I performed on the Battle of Jericho and the life of Joshua inspired the lyrics to “Rocket Fuel”. The lyrics are about overcoming fear and its deception in order to run with reckless abandon to take down our adversary and receive the inheritance waiting for each of us, which I believe to be a predestined and personalized place of fulfillment.
We live in a society where anxiety and fear have kept so many people from attaining what was meant for them in their life story. As I am re-entering my own post-Covid world, I am finding the best way to deal with battles is to dive in instead of waste too much time in a place of contemplation; I am finding that the battle is actually more comfortable to be in than the fearful place of contemplating whether or not to fight at all.
Personally, I am not a fan of sitting in confined spaces with large groups of people; it’s like there is no way out. I don’t know why, but it’s a little Jericho I am getting over, which is kind of embarrassing when you compare something as minuscule as that to charging a bunch of giants with swords. However, it’s one of my battles right now. We each have one; yet, diving straight in is like ripping off a band-aid. It is quicker and less mentally painful than sitting there and thinking about it.
In the beginning, the Israelites let fear obstruct their ability to take what was rightfully theirs. Aside from Joshua and Caleb, who both had faith they would defeat the Canaanites from the very beginning, the majority were so afraid of them that they refused to step foot into the land that was promised to them. Years later, after Moses’ death, Joshua was given instructions that would close what could have been a gap in our existence unless he dove right in for it.
I love reading the remarkable encounter and itinerary given to Joshua prior to engaging in one of the most legendary battles of our existence:
“And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Joshua 6:2-5 NKJV