Joshua 10: Stop the Sun

Joshua 10: Stop the Sun October 1, 2012

12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
    and you, 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. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel! -Joshua 10:12-14

Joshua stopped the sun from going down for about a full day? Is this possible?

Of course, God can do anything. In this account, we are told Joshua was empowered by God to delay the sun’s setting. I’m not a scientist, but I’m guessing this had nothing to do with what Joshua did, but with what God did. Only the Lord could control nature in this manner.

Yet God used Joshua to work in a supernatural way. And this wasn’t the first or last time God has done this. God continues to work through people in amazing ways. Yet we often feel weak, like there is nothing God could use us to do.

You think Joshua ever felt that way? There’s probably a reason God told him to be “strong and courageous” on repeated occasions. Joshua certainly needed the encouragement, just like we do today.

Let me encourage those of you reading these words: Be strong and courageous. If God can use a person to change the forces of nature, he can work through you to change the world too. You are not too small or unimportant. God loves you and wants to work through you–starting now.

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