Wednesday 6th June
The Roar of the Broken
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.
thought for the day
Do you ever feel vulnerable, weak or at the end of your tether? You probably have if you’re doing exams or if you’ve recently just finished them the memory won’t be far off. If you do feel like this you’ll be thankful to know you’re in good company. Most, if not all, characters in the Bible get to this point somewhere in their lives. I mean take your pick, whether it’s Abraham lying about his wife to save his skin, Moses getting closed in on by the Egyptians who just let him go or David being threatened by Saul time and time again (just read some of the Psalms to see how that felt), there’s a lot of times when our favourite heroes aren’t in the best of places.
Yet this is never the end of the story, God always comes through and redeems all these bad situations. In the midst of these times when everything is going badly the cries of the weak, the roar of the broken are heard by God. It’s often in these times when we see God do amazing things. This is what we see in Joshua, the Israelites are just making their way into the promised land, they’ve waited decades for this moments, generations have died out in the lead up to this moment. Then Joshua is called to take Jericho, not with conventional warfare but with a cry, a shout mustered up by a people broken and weak from the wilderness.
It is from this broken place that the walls of Jericho are brought down. God hears their roar and brings down the walls, the anxieties in front of them, the very image of their fears is shattered to the ground by the God of Heaven and Earth. Pete Hughes, the Leader of KXC – a church in London, spoke at Wildfires and said “the roar of the broken releases the rule of heaven” and he’s right. We don’t have to have it all together for God to use us, in fact it’s often in our places of weakness where God brings breakthrough in our situations.
Are you still doing exams? Great, God can still use you. Are you knackered from the weeks of revision under your belt, then God still hears your murmur of a prayer. Don’t count yourself out just because you’re weary, that’s just when God is about to move.
Study Space is running from 22nd May to the 7th June every Tuesday – Thursday from 9 till 5. It’s a space to revise and study for the exams with free tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to pray with the staff team at 9am and 3pm.
Come along to STC Sheffield for Study Space this Exam Period.