I Need More Time
Gracious God, in gratitude I praise You for Your watchcare over me and the abundant life You have given me.
Read Joshua 10:1-15
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.
“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15,16).
In the previous chapter Joshua foolishly allows himself to be tricked into a mutual defense treaty with Gibeon, which further alarms the other surrounding kings who together plan a preemptive strike against Gibeon. Despite realizing he’d been tricked, Joshua remains faithful to his word and defends Gibeon. Following God’s assurance of victory, Joshua leads his army to an astounding victory where the battle was won not primarily by superior force but by a miraculous hailstorm that inflicts more casualties than does Joshua’s army.
The text now quotes a very bold prayer by Joshua for a miraculous extension of the hours of daylight so that he could complete the huge task he had undertaken. Without in any way denying our belief in God’s miraculous interventions on behalf of Israel, or indeed in the affairs of his people throughout the ages, we need to realize that our record here comes from the almost unknown non-biblical book of Jashar (which is mentioned on just one other occasion in Scripture, in 2 Sam. 1:18). Clearly God intervened in an unusual way, and good commentaries will give you a number of possible interpretations. The important thing is that God made it possible for Joshua to accomplish all that God had given him to do.
Often we cry “give me more time!” What we don’t realize is that if we had more hours to work we would also need more rest. We need to ask ourselves whether we are working to our own program and schedules and for our own ego rather than God’s plan. One reason why Jesus achieved so much in his short life is that he knew not only what he was called to do but also what he was not called to do, though he was not legalistic about this (Matt. 15:24).
Sometimes God prolongs his patience so we can accomplish his will. Can you think of a time when he did it for you? How could you use your time even more wisely?
Lord, help me to trust that there’s always enough time for me to do what You want me to do. May I use my time wisely.
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