Today’s Reading: Joshua 9:3-10:43 (additional reading Psalm 83:1-18 and Proverbs 13:4)
Key Verse: So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. – Joshua 10:13
How big is the God you serve? The question really is, how small of a box do we try to fit Him in? Today’s reading from Joshua deals with the life of Israel and gives us some important principles to remember.
Five kings had gathered together and planned to attack the Israelites. But God once again was giving the Israelites the victory. These five kings and their mighty army were in retreat. Joshua has them right where he wants them. He realizes that he must utterly destroy this enemy, else they will surely come back to haunt him later. Israel was told to finish the job, not to do half a job. The problem was there’s not enough time to finish the job. So Joshua prays for more daylight, so he can finish what he started and God stops the sun in the sky. God created time, so we shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that God can stop time if He so desires. Yet so often we limit the ways in which God can give us victories.
What problems are you facing in your life? Have you made God’s step by step plan for Him or are you trusting him to do the impossible?
I once read a story from India, at a missionary place for children, the cooks prepared enough rice for 1000 people, but 2000 showed up, God multiplied the rice and everyone was full and there was plenty left over. This happened in Africa too. The cook said we only have one box of chicken left, not much at all, but they prayed for the food and there was even plenty left over. Things like this shouldn’t surprise us, we read about Jesus multiplying food more than once in his earthly ministry, yet we tend to limit Him now.
So often we put God in a box. Today we even limit his work to 2000 years ago and don’t expect him to work in these ways anymore, we know he could multiply food then, but don’t expect it anymore. However, God is still a mighty God and still does the impossible. God doesn’t obey the laws of nature; the laws of nature obey God!
If today you are in the middle of some crisis, family, financial, emotional or spiritual. Take courage because the message is that Christianity is not the subtraction of problems, it’s the addition of power to overcome them! God can do the impossible in your situation.
- In what ways do you limit God?
- How can you trust God rather than telling Him what to do?
Father, Thank You for helping us in so many ways. Thank You that nothing is impossible for You. Help us to trust You and to hand over out plans and purpose to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen