Day 11: Joshua 10
The Sun Stands Still
Today is Jonny’s birthday, and whilst he’ll no doubt enjoy some treats even with being in isolation, unlike some people, he would never normally wish it to be extended beyond it’s 24 hours (he’s not big on birthdays).
In this story however, that is exactly what happens: 24 hours turns into 48 hours without the sun going down!
The army forces of five kings rally against one royal city, Gibeon, to defeat it. The Gibeonites send a message to Joshua to come and help them, so he and the Israelites come to the rescue.
It was brave of Joshua to even set out against such a vast united army, but God had started Joshua’s call back in Joshua 1 with this promise;
Have I not commanded you; be strong and courageous, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
This was a new battle for Joshua, but he hadn’t forgotten God’s promise and I love that God reassured him again in verse 8;
The Lord said to Joshua “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.
We don’t need to fear, this crazy time may be new to us, but we serve a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever and this is not a surprise to him!
As the story continues, we read that in order for the defeat, Joshua needed more daylight hours, so he called on God for a miracle; the sun to stand still in the sky for another full day!
We may not be in a physical battle and we certainly don’t want our days to feel any longer at the moment, but like Joshua, we can be assured of these things:
- that the Lord is with us in this season and gives us strength for the now
- when we feel in lack and can’t see a way, God provides
- there are miracles to be claimed and seen in this season
I love how the story ends with this verse “Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel”. When we ask in faith God will show up and our victory will be a light and a testimony to others!
And a few verses on, the kings were eventually utterly defeated and killed.
This story reminds me of the song Waymaker that we were singing and declaring in church before all this virus stuff started. We sang of God as being our miracle worker, promise keeper and our light in the darkness, and then it declares “that is who you are!”
It is in God’s nature to make a way where we can’t see one. I think He delights in blowing our small-mindedness and limited perspectives out of the water and coming through in a way we never imagined or conceived of! Let’s dare to be bold like Joshua and ask God for the seemingly impossible, especially in this season. Let faith arise!
Ephesisans 3:20 in the Passion translation says;
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.
Ps Maddy Foster
Barnard Castle Campus Pastor