April 21, 2011

Today you should read: Joshua 10

The sun stands still…..let that sink in. God made the sun stand still so that Joshua could defeat
the Amorites. Not only did God make the sun stand still but he brought down hail stones that
killed more men then Israel struck down with a sword. This story sends my imagination into
frenzy. Why has no one made this into a movie?

So what lead up to this moment? Why would Joshua pray and ask God to make the sun stand
still? Better yet, why would Joshua believe that God would do this for him in the first place?
Let’s be honest, we pray for stuff all the time but we don’t always believe that God will make
the proverbial sun stand still in our lives. Honestly, most of us have seemingly impossible
situations we are dealing with and it seems hopeless. Whether it is a family member who is
hard toward the Gospel, a drug addiction in our lives or someone close to us, a failing marriage,
or whatever the case may be we all know what impossible looks like.

What made Joshua different? It was the promise from God.

Joshua 10:8 “ And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of

them shall stand before you.”

Joshua knew that God had already promised the Amorites into his hands. So, Joshua prays for
what seemed like the impossible but he also knew full well that God was capable. Joshua was
bold because he knew the heart of God and he had confidence in the power of God as well. The
Lord provided because He fought for Israel (v.14).

God is a God of promises and His promises He always keeps. In Matthew 28:19-20 God gives us
a command and a promise.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Maybe the reason we have not seen God do miraculous things in our own lives is because we
have not believed in His promises. Although Joshua knew that God had given him victory he
still had to go out and take it. God told us to go and make disciples and He would be with us but
most of us have never gone. If we do not obey God then we will never fully realize the power of
His promises in our lives.

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “April 21, 2011”

  1. Oftentimes, as Christians, we focus on the things God tells us NOT to do, instead of what He tells us to do. It is common among people, even Christians, to think that if we “behave”….then we are living in obedience to God. (like the rich, young ruler) But what about those things He tells us to do – such as witness? We are commanded to go make disciples. He doesn’t tell us to ensure that people behave; He doesn’t tell us to accept belief in any religion; He tells us to make disciples of ALL men. Therefore, we must always proclaim His will.
    Don’t get me wrong. I am often disobedient in this area – specifically when it comes to close family members. My prayer is that all of God’s children would be more obedient to this call….especially me…whether it be at home, in the workplace, in social arenas, etc. May we be His witnesses throughout the world.

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