2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.4 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.5 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.” Joshua 6:2-5
This is the classic story of the Walls of Jericho. I picked these verses to point out something I never realized reading this story over and over again. God loves us so much that He wants us to be a part of the battle. What ever battle you may be facing, He wants us in it and being directly involved. God gave Joshua these detailed instructions and left it to him to carry it out to the letter; which he did. When Joshua did his part, God then blessed the Israelites with a victory of the walls coming down. As I was going through my weight loss journey I had to do my part, then God provided the determination and courage I needed to complete the transformation of mind, body and spirit. When God allows us to be a part of the battle, He gives us self-esteem and strength to do greater things to bring Him all the glory.