Today’s Reading: Joshua 9-10
Today’s Reflection: Joshua 10:12-14
12) At that time Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” 13) And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. 14) There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.
After their early victories in the conquest of the Promised Land, Israel had to face the combined forces of the 5 kings of the Amorites and the masses of their combined armies. As today’s text shows, God actually extended the length of the day, freezing time for about a full day, in order to lead Israel to complete victory over their enemies.
Now God could have crushed the Amorites within a normal day—more of the Amorites perished from massive hailstones God rained down on them than from those killed by the warriors of Israel–so why did He move Joshua to ask Him to extend the length of the day instead? Well for one thing this showed that God was truly God over everything, even time itself. But I also believe there is a principle at work here that God wanted to show to His people.
There are instances when life’s circumstances, or even our own mistakes, cause us to miss the natural timing for something to happen in our lives. But when this happens, if we trust in God and turn to Him, He can extend the length of our days and give us time to finish what we thought we never could. God gave Sarah a child in her old age (Genesis 21:1-7), and led Moses to fulfill his destiny of leading Israel out of bondage as an 80-year-old man (Exodus 7:1-7). When King Hezikiah was on his deathbed and he prayed for healing, God gave him 15 more years of health and strength (Isaiah 38:5).
What do you think you are now too old for? Getting married? Having children? Going to university for that degree? Starting a business? Writing a book? Learning to play an instrument? For some it may be something as simple as finishing high school. Whatever it is, don’t just dwell in regret for wasted time and opportunities missed. Don’t just complain that you’re just too old and the time is passed. Take your petition—that desire that burns in your heart—to God. If it is still a part of your God-given destiny, the God of time can extend yours. Turn to Him and obey His commandments. It’s not to late to become what you might have been.
Deuteronomy 4:40 – “Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”