My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
O Sun, Stand Still!
Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD
delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the
sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the
valley of Aijalon.”
(Joshua 10:12 NASB)
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation
avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of
Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten
to go down for about a whole day.
(Joshua 10:13 NASB)
There was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.
(Joshua 10:14 NASB)
Joshua is in the midst of battle, not just fighting for the
Israelites, but for God, himself. What will it require for them to win
this battle? It will require more time -- an extended day. How in the
world will this happen? Joshua speaks to the Lord about the issue and
simply asks God, "O sun, stand still...O moon." The scripture goes on
to say that the sun stands still and the moon stops until Joshua and his
people are able to be victorious. God had listened to the voice of
Joshua and the Lord fought on the side of Israel.
There are many differing theories out there on what happened that
day. You can simply peruse the internet and you'll find all kinds of
thoughts and ideas on what might have happened, all of them trying to
explain how the sun would have stood still. However, at the end of the
day, while we may not be able to adequately explain what happened, there
does seem to be consensus that something happened. There was some kind
of external force that may have affected the earth's rotation. Wow!
Really? If that is true, then there are huge implications here for
Joshua's personal relationship with God.
Joshua learned how to walk and talk with God from Moses. Moses was
the only human to see God and talk with him face to face. Joshua had
learned the importance of the intimacy of this relationship with God
from the human who was most intimate with God. You will notice that
there doesn't seem to be anything highly unusual about the way in which
Joshua spoke to God that day. It sounds like it was a natural
occurrence, that Joshua walked and talked with God. It doesn't say that
he cried out to God. It doesn't say that he built an altar to God. It
simply says that Joshua spoke to the LORD.
That's a clue for all of us. We are supposed to be walking and
talking with God on a daily basis. It is to become so natural for us
that it's just like having a conversation with a close friend. Just as
we would talk to a close friend about our needs and concerns, that's how
we are to come to God. A gentle, sweet, intimate, daily walk with the
one we love, chatting about the things that matter to us.
What's interesting is that Joshua asks God to make the sun stand
still -- and God does! Now, in our minds we might be wondering whether
Joshua realized what all that entailed and how impossible that might be.
No, he would not have understood the rotation of the earth, nor the
rotation of the moon and gravitational forces. Of course, if he would
have, he would have realized how ridiculous his request was because all
of that was just too much to ask for -- or was it? Joshua asked God for
help, for the kind of help that made sense to him. He had no idea what
it would require -- but Joshua just needed more daylight and more time
to fight the enemy. So, he asked God -- and God delivered. He had no
idea that this request might cause a ripple in the history of time, but
that didn't matter -- he was simply trusting in God.
Has our knowledge led us to a place where we no longer ask God for
the impossible? Remember that we are admonished that "with God all
things are possible." I'm not so sure we truly believe it because we
think through all the details of what we know, and there may be times
that our knowledge gets in the way of our faith. If Joshua would have
understood all it took to make the sun stand still, would he have really
asked? Maybe yes, maybe no. But I wonder about our knowledge, at
times, becoming a stumbling block to our faith and to our willingness to
ask God for the genuine miracles which are needed these days. God is
inviting us into the same intimate relationship he had with Joshua. It
was in the intimacy of that relationship that Joshua understood that he
could ask anything and God would supply his need. Had his relationship
with God not have been this close, Joshua would not have asked.
We need to walk with God day in and day out, allowing him to take us
to a place of intimacy beyond our imagination. Then, someday as we walk
and talk with God we may come to the realization that we can ask him to
intercede in ways we never thought imaginable. Our relationship with
God must develop to the point where we can simply speak, "Sun, stand
Lord, may my faith in you grow deeper every single day. Amen.