Joshua was totally confident that it was God’s will to take Jericho. He asked the angel of God if he was going to help him take the city: “Are you for us or against us?” The angel answered back with a surprising answer: “Neither.” In these last days, God is no longer going to bless our attempts to accomplish His will. God’s will must be done God’s way! Our programs and plans will no longer be sufficient to accomplish God’s will. We have used cute, creative programs instead of seeking and releasing God’s power to our city.
We read in Joshua 5:13, 14: “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or for our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’”
Verse 14 goes on to tells us that Joshua “fell down on his face and began to worship.” God’s purposes are found in His presence. We must fall on our faces before the throne of God and seek God’s will and way. In worship, there is a manifestation of humility. If we attempt to do the right or good thing for God, and yet do not seek Him first for direction and guidance, then we are acting out of pride and our own ability and sufficiency.
Numbers 14:44, 45 tells us that “they presumed to go up to the mountaintop. Nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.”
Presumption is when we do the right thing the wrong way. Without God’s divine purpose and His revealed will, we will fail. Joshua was worshipping the Lord on his face when he said, “What does My Lord say to his servant?” At the feet of our Lord and Savior, we receive His divine purpose. In God’s plan is God’s power and provision.
The Joshua Generation is believers who have laid down their own will and plans in order to receive God’s plans and purposes. Our cry must be, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
God wants to reveal His purpose to us. “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:3)
God has a divine purpose for your life. He has one for your church and your city. His purposes are found in the place of prayer and worship. The purposes of God destroy the purposes of hell. Let us seek the Lord until He speaks to us His divine purposes.