“In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth…”
Whenever I read something that sounds a little unusual or difficult to comprehend in the Bible, I usually jump back to Genesis 1:1. It helps me, because if I’m willing to admit that God created all of space and time, everything seen and unseen, then it’s not a far jump to assume He has the power to alter fundamental constants—like the sun standing still, for example.
Brilliant thinkers, Christian or otherwise, have been divided about what exactly happened in Joshua 10. Some think that the sun literally stood still in the sky for the duration of the battle. Others think it’s a figurative explanation for a really long day.
Regardless of what you believe about that day, one thing is certain: it was an incredibly unique day in redemptive history. God fought on His people’s behalf and He somehow changed the ebb and flow of the natural world to insure their victory.
The book of Joshua confronts any notions we may have of a distant, uninvolved God. I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to slip into this way of thinking where I assume God is all-powerful, but He’s a little too busy to keep up with all of my struggles and battles. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, this way of believing tends to keep God at arm’s length.
The fact of the matter is that God does care about your daily life, your mundane challenges, and your overwhelming circumstances. Scripture teaches us time and time again that God breaks into creation to care for, shepherd, and lead His people.
Next time life throws you a curveball or a seemingly insurmountable hurdle, remember the way of God in Joshua. We don’t always have to be David fighting Goliath. We can be Joshua and the Israelites succeeding and overcoming because God has moved heaven and earth on our behalf.
I don’t know exactly what happened on that day in Joshua 10, but I do know this: God is willing to break into creation to lead and provide for His people. This is what He did when He sent His Son.
God’s plans are far greater than ours, and His provision extends far beyond anything we could ever accomplish by our own power. Thank the Lord that we serve a God who acts.
Written By Andrew Stoddard