The Day the Sun Stood Still

"The Sun Stood Still" against a bright blue sky

Jesus replied, “There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything.” Luke 18:27 CEV

In Joshua 10, we read an amazing account where the sun stood still until the Israelites won the battle against their enemies.

It’s interesting to note that the battle when the sun stood still was a fight that never should have happened. To understand what I mean, we have to go back to Joshua 9 when the Gibeonites deceived Israel.

The Sun Stood Still
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Before the Israelites occupied the Promised Land, God had told them that they were to destroy all the people in the land of Canaan. Yet, when a group of bedraggled strangers showed up with a tale of long travel and distant lands, nobody asked the relevant questions.

The Israelites took the men of Gibeon at their word. It wasn’t until after they had signed a treaty with them that they learned the truth: Gibeon was a Canaanite city.

Fast-forward to Joshua 10 and we read of an alliance being formed against the Gibeonites. Because of their  treaty with  with the Israelites,  a war against Gibeon meant a war against Israel.

That was how the children of Israel found themselves in a battle with the five Amorite kings: Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem, Hoham of Hebron, Piram of Jarmuth, Japhia of Lachish, and Debir of Eglon.

The men of Gibeon knew they were outnumbered so they called on their allies. And here’s the part I really like. The Lord showed up.

“Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”
-Joshua 10:8 NKJV

Before Israel even made the first volley, God had already given them the victory.

Then things got really interesting. I don’t want to summarize it because it’s so much more fun to read it directly from the Bible:

The LORD threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah. As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the LORD destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.

Joshua 10:10-11 NLT

If God was fighting with the Israelites, why did Joshua pray for the sun to stand still? Because even with God fighting the armies of the Amorites for them, the Israelites knew the day would not be long enough to defeat all the men who had come out against them. And then Joshua said these words,

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” Joshua 10:12

But here’s the most amazing thing, God listened to Joshua and the sun and moon actually stood still. Isn’t that amazing?

My friend, God will move heaven and earth for us, literally, as long as we’re walking in obedience and doing things according to His will. Won’t you walk in obedience with Him?

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder that You can do impossible things. Remind me that no problem is too hard for You to overcome or too small for You to overlook. I’m glad You’re still in the miracle-working business.

Open my eyes today that I can see how You’re working in my life. Remind me to include You in my troubles and to give You space to work. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

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