June 20, 2017
So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. Joshua 10:13
There is an interesting story in the book of Joshua. Joshua was leading God’s people into the Promised Land, and what is the first thing they encounter walking into this new season with God? Conflict. After a couple of victories in battle, Joshua and his army come up against one of the toughest battles they will face. Five kings had heard of the victories and decided to make an alliance against the Israelites. As they were fighting, God rained down huge hailstones on the enemy (Joshua 10:11).
Joshua sees how God is fighting for them. As the day grew long, Joshua knew he needed more time to completely defeat the enemy. What he did next was audacious. Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still. Guess what? God answered that request. The sun stood still for 24 hours and Joshua beat every enemy trying to attack him.
God wants to give us every advantage possible to defeat the enemy’s attack on our lives. Have you ever felt like the enemy was coming against you in every direction possible? It is in these moments where God can show up and show up big. Once Joshua saw God was fighting for him, it made it easier for Joshua to make a bold request. We often get so overwhelmed with a vigilant attack from the enemy that we don’t see God’s hand moving on our behalf.
When we begin to adjust our view from how strong the enemy is to how God is fighting for us, our perspective of what to ask for changes. The resolve of Joshua wasn’t just to survive the attack; his resolve was to defeat the enemy. God doesn’t want you to simply survive the attacks of the enemy. God is fighting on your behalf so the enemy can be defeated. With this perspective shift, what is your sun-stand-still request?