Hold Back the Night

Hold Back the Night

“Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD 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 Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still 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 the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel” (Josh. 10:12-14). 


How many times have we wished the sun would stay a little longer; or rise quicker in the morning? Many a morning I sat waiting for its arrival, signaling the near end of a night shift. Or how many times have I thought, if only the sun would hang around another half hour those deer will start moving. However, the sun did not stand still for me (or any of us for that matter). God listens to all of His children, but in the grand scheme of things deer hunting isn’t a priority in heavenly affairs. I trust that God would have, if it were in His plan though.


Let’s take some time to reflect back on our lives. Have there been times when He has intervened in the physical realm for our sake? Has He stayed the forces of motion/time for our well-being? If we think hard enough we would recall many examples. Surely I would have plunged off a bridge, to my death, had it not been for a ‘mysterious’ bump that sent my speeding, careening car back on track. Then there was the time my wife and I were delayed in leaving on a journey. We discovered shortly that had it not been for that-we may have been in the fatal wreck just ahead (how many times has this happened and we are not aware of it?). I am sure we all can tell stories of God’s protection. Maybe it was that dream job we didn’t get; only to find out later Father saved us from that.

Do I believe this part of Scripture? I not only believe it, but the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation maps it. I have read many books in my lifetime and of all of them, none contained hope and promise like the Word of God. He may not have stopped the sun for little old me, but he stayed the hand of death many times! Most important, is the fact, that His grace stayed my out of control life and opened my eyes to the truth of a Saviour-Jesus! Jesus says come unto Me (Matthew 11:28).

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