Over the years, different Bible stories have meant different things to me. Joshua 10 is a very special one that reminds me how powerful our God is in our daily lives.
I should say that my “favorite” story changes with the seasons of my life.
When I am in a season of standing up for what is right, I look to the example of Daniel.
When I am discouraged, I look to Psalms.
When I need wisdom, I go to Proverbs.
When I’m facing a challenge, I look to David.
When I feel unable to do what God is asking of me, I look to Jeremiah.
When I wonder what Jesus would do, I read about His life on this earth.
I could go on and on… God’s Word is alive and active and has something for absolutely everything we face in our lives.
As someone living with chronic illness, I pray for God’s power to be displayed through my healing.
I am praying for healing. Friends are praying for healing. Our church is praying for healing. Family is praying for healing.
So many prayers being lifted up on my behalf.
I know God answers prayer. I have sought the Lord and I know He has heard my cries for help.
But, He hasn’t answered yet in the way I want Him to. Although in the waiting, I am growing, learning, and hearing Him in new ways. I am learning to pray even when the answer hasn’t come.
I am learning to persevere in the storm. To trust at much deeper levels.
I want the growth. I want the life lessons that happen in seasons of waiting. Seasons of trusting.
I know those are good lessons, but I also want healing. I want strength and energy to flow back through my body.
I want to remember what it feels like to feel good!
And, I know my God is powerful enough to heal.
Power. That is a word that my girl’s devotional book has been talking about. My God is Powerful!
The verse last night was Psalm 105:2 which says, “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”
That chapter goes on to list many of the wonders and miracles that God has done for the nation of Israel.
The story that went with the memory verse is found in Joshua 10. Do you know it?
It is titled, “The Sun Stands Still”. In Joshua 10, Joshua is coming to the aid of Gibeon, a city that has 5 kings coming against it. Joshua and his army march all night long to reach Gibeon. In verse 8 God says to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
God goes on to throw the enemy into confusion and hurl down hailstones from the sky. The Bible tells us that more of the enemy died by hailstones than by sword. God was faithfully fulfilling His promise of help to Joshua.
But then we see a prayer prayed by Joshua to God before the people. A prayer that resulted in a miracle unlike anything that had happened before or since.
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
He prayed for time. For sunlight to be extended so they could fight in the light of day.
Joshua 10 verse 3 says, “So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies.”
God answered in a miraculous, POWERFUL and extraordinary way.
That is my favorite Bible story today.
The truth from God’s word that I needed to remember, praise and proclaim. My God is all powerful. He has control over the sun and the moon and everything above and beneath them. This sickness is no match for Him. With God, I will overcome.
How GREAT is our God!
Because, like the prophet Habakkuk says in chapter 3 of his book, no matter what, healing or not, sickness or health, good times or bad, I will rejoice in the Lord and be joyful in Him because He is God.
“I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”
Joshua 10 sure shows that!!
What is YOUR favorite Bible story? What stories do you go to in different seasons of your life?