Thursday, April 22, 2010

No Way!

Is any thing too hard for the Lord?   

Joshua 10:9-14  Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise. 10 The LORD threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah.

11 As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the LORD destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.

12 On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said, "Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon." 13 So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. 14 There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer. Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day!

God promised his children that the were going to have this land and if they need a little bit more daylight to get the job done then so be it. Is the movement of the universe impossible to stop? Not if God is in control.

Joshua led Israel to conquer six nations and thirty-one kings (Joshua 11:18-23, Joshua 12:24) to bring the people into the possession of the Promised Land, he brings them into a place of rest just as Jesus brings his people to the heavenly Canaan where they will rest forever.

In the battles of this life it can be easy to forget the the war is already won and Jesus is going to bring us to the place of rest that he has prepared for us, that place isn't here.

Thank you Lord for giving us hope that no matter how difficult our world can be, we know that this is a temporary assignment, nothing is impossible for you and you will take us into your rest.