THE DAY THE SUN STOOD STILL!
THE SUN STOOD STILL! The bible is full of recorded miracles. From Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (NIV) until the end of the book of Revelation miracles are on display. Christians believe in a miracle working God and if you believe the first verse of the bible and if you believe 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (NIV) then you will have no problem in believing all the miracles of the bible. The problem with critics of the miracles recorded in the bible is their faith in God is non-existent or their faith in all the Word of God is non-existent or for many they believe they are more intelligent than all those who rely on a “book” to discover the beginning of all things or the cause and effect of the universe. And I suppose if you think it is OK for everyone “to do what is right in their own eyes” since there is no greater moral authority than self then it is easy to discount miracles because if there are miracles as displayed in the bible then there must also be a greater moral authority than self. Forgive me, I digress.
As we have seen in the life of Joshua, life is full of new and remarkable events. The Sun stood still. As recorded in the bible here is how this event unfolded. “Then spoke Joshua to Jehovah in the day when Jehovah delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; And thou, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, Until the nation had avenged themselves of their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stayed in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that Jehovah hearkened unto the voice of a man: for Jehovah fought for Israel” (Joshua 10:12-14 ASV). God is a miracle working God and He did create the heavens and the earth so this would be a great event with man but I would think it would be a small thing for God. But this recorded miracle appears to drive non-believers and most scientists “nuts.” And to this day they still study it, research it, and try to explain it away or offer some kind of explanation for it. But as a Christian I am thankful that we have a miracle working God who can demonstrate His power and His interest in His people at any time He chooses.
Jesus is God and in His earthly life demonstrated that God still worked miracles and after His return to heaven He demonstrated in the life of the early church, as recorded in the bible, that He is still a miracle working God. Is God obligated to perform a miracle in our life at our beck and call? Of course not. The greatest miracle God ever performs in our life is to raise us from death to life through our faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. God takes us as spiritually dead people and gives us a new birth through the blood of Jesus. And if during the course of our life on earth God chooses to perform other miracles in our life we should not be surprised but rather we should be thankful that God chooses to do so. But in the course of life let us remember, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). To me that is a miracle in itself; God loves me so much that He has an interest in me and will work for my good no matter what life brings to me. Just as He did for Joshua.