Almighty God, You are the only true God and Lord. I bow before You in worship now.
Read Joshua 10:1-15
 Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and had become their allies.  He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters.  So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon.  “Come up and help me attack Gibeon,” he said, “because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.”  Then the five kings of the Amorites-the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon-joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.  The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.”  So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men.  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.”  After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise.  The LORD threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah.  As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.  On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”  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.  There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!  Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectHow was it clear that God gave Israel this victory?
Joshua’s reputation had spread and rather than risk a fight, the King of Gibeon (a large city) made a peace treaty with him (1). Joshua was pragmatic and accepted. Five neighboring kings were suspicious, however. They saw this as an unholy alliance and forged a pact with the aim of attacking Gibeon, whom they feared (2). Joshua kept his promise and when Gibeon was threatened he stepped in to protect it. As at Ai, he acted according to God’s Word and his promises (8), not simply to protect his honor. God’s support was visible: he caused confusion in the enemy ranks (10), followed by a lethal rain of hailstones (11). Despite this divine assistance Joshua wavered: daylight was fading and the battle not yet won. So he asked God to provide light, to command the sun to stand still until the battle was won, which it did for a full 24 hours! This happened because “God listened to a man” (13). Joshua had no problem asking for miracles or accepting them. Neither should we. Archbishop Temple was once challenged that what he called miracles were really a series of coincidences. His answer was simple: “When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t”!
Do you believe God still works miracles today? If you do, thank him for that–and share your faith with others.
Great God, I know You’re the same God today that worked miracles for Your people long ago. I praise You!
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