One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:28–“All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” In Israel, Joshua had just made a treaty with the people of Gibeon. They tricked Israel into believing they were from far away; when, in fact, they were neighbors just north of Jerusalem. Joshua failed to seek God on the issue, and grudgingly but graciously accepted responsibility for his action.
The Gibeonites, for their part became the willing servants of Israel and were charged with the duty of caring for the grounds and facilities of the Tabernacle and later the temple. When the other kings of the area heard about the deal that was struck, they decided to join forces and attack the Gibeonites. The Gibeonites sought assistance from Joshua and, this time Joshua sought guidance from God. God told Joshua to go and fight–He already gave the enemies into Israel’s hands. What an opportunity–five kings, one battle, and God taking the lead.
Joshua trusted God and marched all the troops forward to Gibeon–the battle was on! It was going so well that Joshua asked God to hold the sun and the moon for a while–so they could continue to fight. God agreed. The battle continued to rage, and God decided to help more. God got involved personally and started killing the enemy with hail. It was said that more of the enemy died from the hail than from Israel’s swords. Joshua had followed God’s direction and sought God’s assistance–God did not disappoint.
In our lives, we are charged to live as Joshua lived–always seeking God’s direction; always following His lead, and never fearing reprisal when asking God for assistance. If we will take the lessons Joshua teaches us; we can see the wonders in life that Joshua saw. We may not need God to stop the sun or ping our enemies with hail, but we may need him to care for our sick, guide our kids or meet our needs to survive in this broken world.
Faith is a journey not an act. It is needed every day and manifests in different ways. We, as His kids, simply need to have an ongoing trust in the Lord, and must never fear asking for God’s leadership, grace, and provision.
God Bless You
Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed[a] 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. 2 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. 3 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. 4 “Come up and help me attack Gibeon,” he said, “because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.”
5 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.
6 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.”
7 So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 8 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.”
9 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.