Today’s reading: Joshua 10
Key Verse: So Joshua conquered the whole region—the kings and people of the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills, and the mountain slopes. He completely destroyed everyone in the land, leaving no survivors, just as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded. Joshua 10:40
The wording of Joshua 10 is unyielding. Joshua 10:30 says, “He killed everyone in it, leaving no survivors. This phrase is repeating in verses 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39, 40 and 41.
The five kings and their impressive army had planned to attack Joshua and his army, but now they were in retreat. Joshua discerns that he must utterly destroy them, else they will undoubtedly come back to haunt God’s people. God told Israel to complete the job, and He supernaturally empowered them to do so by keeping the daylight.
Likewise, we must utterly destroy the enemies in our life, else they will surely come back to haunt us. We have become so skilled at excusing our sin as a personality quirk or a result of our upbringing that often we forget its seriousness. We sugar-coat our ‘little sins’ as part of our character, i.e. “I just love a little bit of gossip.”
Sin is deceitful. Like the psalmist, we should pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts., Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139:23-24.)
The good news is, no matter how much sin we have in our lives, if we have Jesus as our Saviour, we stand forgiven and no longer a slave to sin. As God supernaturally stopped the sun for Joshua, God has supernaturally worked in our life so that we may experience victory over sin. Philippians 4:13 reminds us, Christ strengthens us so that we can overcoming, pornography, dishonesty, stubbornness, drug addictions, gossip and every other sin that keeps returning to haunt us. It is time to utterly destroy the enemy.