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Never has the term “If God is for us, then who can be against us!” been illustrated with such power.  Joshua and his army were summoned by their new Gibeonite allies.  The Gibeonites were being attacked by 5 different states. Joshua sought the Lord and was told—go get them, I will hand them over to you. Joshua obeys and the armies of the 5 kings are completely defeated by battle, by large hailstones and by the sun standing tall in the sky for an entire day. 

Neither Israel, the Gibeonites nor even the vanquished foes—doubted who was leading the charge and fighting the battle! Was Israel a formidable fighting force—absolutely. The thing that drove fear into their enemies hearts, however, was not their skills and victories; it was their God.  Their God made clear that he controlled the time of day and the conditions on the Earth.  No amount of strategy would stop his plan for his people.

Nothing has changed.  God is still God.  He still controls the conditions on earth and the time of day.  Even when the circumstances in life seem insurmountable, like 5 armies versus 1, as we seek the Lord, he says—I got this. He then will set about moving heaven and earth to execute his plan. As we march by faith, we simply have to cling to the truth of his power and authority.  As we do, our enemies will melt before us and He (Not We) will be victorious.

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After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 10 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. 11 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.

12 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.” 13 So the sun stood still,     and the moon stopped,     till the nation avenged itself on[b] 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. 14 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!

15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.