The Sun Stands Still

Joshua 10:12-13  12 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.

To me, this is one of the most remarkable supernatural works in the Bible.  In the New Testament, we see Jesus defying nature – things like walking on water and commanding the storm to be still.  In the Old Testament, we see Elijah calling down fire from heaven.  But this one has to be the most ridiculous of all.  Get this, Joshua is busy annihilating the armies of 5 kingdoms.  It is a victorious day to say in the least.  Now when you are having a day like that, who wants it to end?  Those are the days that you want to last forever.

So Joshua does something completely unexpected and out of the norm of the law of nature.  With confidence, he tells the Lord that he wants to make time stand still.   He wants this day to last so that he can wipe out the enemy.  The crazy thing is – it happens.  The sun stands still in the sky.  It does not move farther to the west; it does not set.  In fact, it says in verse 13 that it stayed like that for about a day.  In other words, God gave him an additional 24 hours to fight.  I would assume that if God made the day longer, He also provided strength to the Israelites to keep fighting and winning.

My guess is that this is a prayer that we have all uttered.  We have probably cried out to God for more time in the day only to have Him respond that we should first make more effective use of the time He’s already given us.  What I want to focus on, is not that.  What strikes me with the passage is the courageous faith of Joshua. He has an expectancy that God is going to respond to his request. Geez, sometimes I don’t even have the faith to ask God for measly little things.  I’m gonna chew on this one today.  What would happen if I had the courage of Joshua?  All I know is I would like to find out.

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