The Bible says in Joshua 6:27 that, “the Lord was with Joshua and his FAME was noised throughout all the country.”
So, it would seem that Joshua was “The Man” now. People everywhere would be afraid of this guy. I can see it now, the children of Israel walking behind their fearless commander, through the ruble left behind in the city, chest poked out, head held high. What a feeling it must be to have that kind of FAME.
But, would the Glory for this victory really go to Joshua and his “excellent leadership” skills? Would it go to him because of his ability to execute a plan, or get others to listen to him and his instructions? Did he possibly march around intimidating folks like he was Haulk Hogan or Ted DiBiase from The WWF? Perhaps he had a persuasive tone and possessed that charismatic thing about himself that made people want to follow him.
I would venture to say…NOPE. Joshua possessed nothing that would bring about FAME in the land in and of himself, except one thing…and that was exercised FAITH. What faith you may ask? FAITH that the God he chose to follow through the roughest moments on dry or wet land, was the true LEADER, ADVISOR, BATTLE PLAN EXPERT. This God was also the one who DEFEATED the enemies at Jericho and brought down that wall.
The fame that came in the end wasn’t because of any thing that Joshua did, but it was because of what his God did through him. As a result, God’s name was elevated and the path before Joshua, though not easy, was made clear and it was covered by God’s hand.
Don’t mistake having your name elevated to fame for success. Rather, choose to exercise FAITH in the one who will guarantee the victory and make sure that when you are not able to stand against the enemies that lay before you, will make sure to subdue those enemies and give you the VICTORY in His name, which can stand and will stand for all ETERNITY!
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”