Joab was on his way to work when he met with his secondary school mate, Abishai. Their conversation holds an important lesson for us.

Joab: Abish Baba! Abishai!! Any other Abishai is a counterfeit. How you dey? It’s been a long time o.

Abishai: Boss J, your boy is loyal o. How have you been?

J: I’m good o. What are you doing here? You look tired.

A: Hmm. I look tired because I am tired.

J: What happened?

A: I’ve been on an assignment for three days, and I feel worn out.

J: Hmm…

A: It’s our new leader, Joshua. He has done well lately, but I can’t help but feel he has lost it. Four days ago, he told us that God said we should march around Jericho for seven days. He said, on the last day, the wall of the city will fall.

J: Hmm…

A: See ehn, I don’t get it. For the past three days, I have walked! The sad thing is that I don’t see any change. Each day, I set out from home with enthusiasm. Each night, I come back home needing encouragement. Nothing changes. I am frustrated.

J: Padi mi, I understand what you are saying. You put in so much work and nothing changes. It can be frustrating. But…

A: But what?

J: But this is not how the story ends. This is not how your story ends.

A: What do you mean? How do you know?

J: 🙂 I’ll pass on your second question, but as for the first, let me tell you how the story will end. In four days, you will be on the other side of the wall that seems indestructible. You and your people will be celebrating an unprecedented victory.

A: Bros, it doesn’t seem that way at all. You are saying this because you don’t know how it feels.

J: 🙂 Abishai. I know how it feels, that’s why I’m here to encourage you. Just keep walking. Keep up the daily grind. Soon, you’ll celebrate your breakthrough.

There are times when we feel stuck. We move a lot, but then we see little or no progress. It seems like we are rotating on a barber’s chair. For some, it is efforts at business. Seminars, training programs and conferences are attended, but little progress is seen.

For some, it is efforts at school. Sleepless nights in the hostel, reading in the library till sleep comes and practicing of past questions like there’s no tomorrow become the norm. However, when the results are released, the CGPA doesn’t move an inch, or it moves from X.38 to X.39. Negligible progress.

For some, it is efforts at overcoming harmful habits. Books are read, promises are made and prayers are said. But then, within a couple of weeks, the habits return with a vengeance. Relapse rather than recovery.

For some, it is efforts at getting a job. SHL and Dragnet, Numeric, Abstract and Verbal Reasoning have become companions. Yet it is one reject mail after another.

Things seem hopeless.

To the person who feels like (s)he is working hard with no result, God wants you to know that your efforts are not in vain. These steps you are taking might seem insignificant, but they are not. Each step you take in the right direction is a step closer to victory. He wants you to know that those walls will come tumbling down.

That cancer will be a thing of the past. You will get a great job. The application will be successful. Your business will blossom. You will break free from the chains of that addiction. You will complete that project. Unprecedented success will be your portion. You’ll see. God will see to it. Just keep walking. Don’t give up. Don’t give in to despair. Soon, those walls of Jericho in your life will collapse.

Joshua 6:11: So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.

Vs. 14: And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. SO THEY DID SIX DAYS.

Vs. 20: So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that THE WALL FELL DOWN FLAT.

Author: Iremide Akinsola

I am a Christian. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music and watching football.

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