Joshua 10:8

The Lord said 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.” NIV

Wow.  I just read the story that surrounds these verses.

Joshua had completely defeated Ai, which wholly stressed out the other kings in the area, including the king of Jerusalem.  Joshua and the Israelites had made a treaty of peace with the people of Gibeon, who were living near them.  The king of Jerusalem gets four other kings to join him with their armies, and they all set off to attack Gibeon, which was, apparently, a pretty important city.  The king of Jerusalem was mad that Joshua had made peace with a city of such import.

So, they all march off to attack Gibeon, and, the Gibeonites appeal to their neighbor Joshua for help.

This is where the verse comes in.  God tells Joshua not to worry about all these armies, because not one of them will withstand the attack of the Israelites.  Sure enough, they don’t, and along the way, Joshua suggests to God that he will need more daylight to accomplish the task, and God stops the sun for him.  Verse 13 says, “The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”  The power of God!

Joshua boldly took hold of the promises made to him by God, and look how successful he was!

I will think about that today.

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