Sometimes in life we are called upon to do the difficult thing. Sometimes we are asked to do something that we would rather not do. Sometimes the task before us is not our first choice. What should we do when we need to do a hard thing? I have learned that we should first bow before God and ask Him for His strength.
Joshua 10:7 So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 8 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.”… 12 At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. 14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.
Because Joshua determined to do the right thing, God blessed him with a miracle. Joshua commanded the sun to stand still and the Bible says that it stood still for a whole day. The Bible doesn’t tell us how this miracle happened. Many believe that God caused the rotation of the earth to slow down so that it made one full rotation in 48 hours rather than in 24. (Bible Knowledge Commentary) Certainly the God who is able to create the earth and cause it to rotate with great precision is also able to control that rotation however He wished. Perhaps the light Joshua experienced that day was not the light of the sun as we know it, but the light of God’s presence. The Bible tells us that in heaven there will be no need of a sun or a moon, for the presence of God’s glory will be our light.
We do not know ‘how’ it happened, but we do know ‘why’ it happened. God caused this miracle to happen so that Joshua might have the victory.
Joshua 10:24 And when they brought those kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the men of Israel and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near; put your feet on the necks of these kings.” Then they came near and put their feet on their necks. 25 And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” 26 And afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until evening. 27 But at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and they set large stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.
Sometimes God allows events to enter into our lives that are beyond our capabilities and strength. It is during such times that we must pray to God and ask for His help. I close our study today with a familiar portion of scripture from the life of the Apostle Paul – 2 Corinthians 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Paul learned that it was often during the times of his personal weakness that he could experience God’s strength.