Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. (Joshua 10:12-14)
The past 10 days has been unique and has caused me to really think about how I look at life and my relation to others. On Friday, September 14, Chelsea Smith had an aneurysm and has been in the hospital ever since. This began a growing prayer support group (links at the bottom of this post). Some prayers grew feet to bring support, comfort, and encouragement.
I have been teaching through the book of Joshua in my Sunday School class. This passage in Joshua 10 has many great lessons – not just history lessons, but lessons we can apply to our lives today. Since I taught this a couple weeks ago, the passage came back to mind.
1. That day was a day of battle
There were five armies that came against the children of Israel. Yes, the children of Israel had gone through several battles, but never five armies at once.
2. That day was a day of testing
It was a situation that looked like it would be impossible for them to come out of alive, much less victorious. It was a test of their faith in God.
3. That day was a day of faith
Joshua demonstrated a great deal of faith when he asked for the sun and moon to stand still. He did not understand the science behind the request – he only understood that God could take care of it.
4. That day was a day of miracles
Scientifically, we understand that it was not the sun that stood still, but that the earth stopped rotating. Science would dictate that this would be impossible and for life to continue. BUT remember that God can (and did) take care of it. God created and sustains all things. We are always in His hands.
5. That day was a day to remember
The Bible says: “And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man…” We need to remember the things that God has done. The little things and the big things. The things for us and the things for others. Remembering these things can become a staircase for our faith.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (Luke 17:5)
We need to increase our faith, but increasing our faith means stepping to a place we’ve never been before. And trusting God when we do. God wants to grow our faith. God also wants us to help others grow in their faith as well.
Question: Has there been anything in your life that God used to grow your faith?