Scripture: Joshua 10:1-43
Observation: In order to defend their now-allies the Gibeonites, Joshua sends the Israelites into battle against the Amorite army. To finish the battle, Joshua prays the sun will remain in the sky so Israel has enough time to defeat their enemies. The Lord answered his prayer, and the Israelites were victorious. Joshua and his army continue their campaign to claim the Promised Land and experience victory after victory.
Application: When the clock is ticking and a deadline is fast approaching, I snap into “get-er-done” mode. I make a to-do list, follow it religiously, and check things off one by one. When the crisis comes, I’m really good at relying on myself.
Except sometimes relying on myself isn’t enough.
When we face a challenge, we often have an automatic response: figure out what to do. But too often, we forget that we don’t have to figure it out on our own. God is with us.
Joshua was no stranger to deadlines; in fact, he faced a pretty life-or-death deadline in trying to figure out how to defeat the Amorites. He could have strategized. He could have planned. He could have plotted. Those would have been the responses that made the most sense.
Instead, he prayed.
After traveling all night, Joshua and his army took the Amorites by surprise and began to take major ground. However, as night approached, the job wasn’t quite finished. Joshua knew that if the sun went down, the enemy would have time to reconvene and develop a new plan to defeat the Israelites.
His response? Pray that the sun would stay in the sky until the victory was theirs.
“…Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, ‘Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.” (v. 12-13)
He prayed the impossible into existence.
“The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day!” (v. 13-14)
Consider everything you’re facing in your life – every challenge, every problem, every hardship. And then ask yourself: Am I planning or am I praying?
What’s your “sun stand still” prayer?
Pray it with Joshua-sized faith today.
Prayer: God, thank you for being a God of miracles, a God who can literally keep the sun in the sky! I recognize your true power and pray – full of faith – that you will do the impossible in my own life. I offer my doubts to you and pray you’ll replace them with a deep trust in who you are and how you can work – if I’m willing to give it all to you. Amen.