This Month's Promise

“... Christ... was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...”

- (I Corinthians 15:3,4)

Read: Joshua 10: 7-14


“... Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” (Joshua 10: 14)

When the five kings of the Amorites joined forces and came against the Israelites, God assured Joshua that he would be victorious. (Joshua 10: 8) God’s strategy included an early morning surprise attack that caught the Amorites off-guard. Israel took advantage of this and pursued the fleeing Amorites for several miles. God also sent a hailstorm that killed many of the enemy troops but none of God’s people. By this the Amorites and the Israelites realized that the victory came as a result of the supernatural help of Jehovah and not simply by Israel’s own power. During that time Joshua made a petition to the Lord. It was a public prayer that he spoke in the hearing of the Israelites. He said, “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the valley of Aijalon.” (Joshua 10: 12) There are two basic explanations of this miracle among evangelical scholars. First, God slowed or stopped the earth’s rotation, or He tilted the axis thereby lengthening the period of daylight. But many argue that God would not perform such a world-wide miracle simply to give Israel more daylight. There must have been a local miracle whereby God provided additional light for Israel. He created unusual atmospheric conditions that resulted in the refraction of sunlight after the sun had set. The Canaanites regarded the sun and the moon as deities. J.L. Kelso writes, “The cyclonic hailstorm is special significance, for Baal was the great Canaanite storm god who was supposed to control the rain, the hail, the snow and the flood. These incidents proved that the pagan gods were powerless before Jehovah. Thus, the Lord defeated His enemies and saved His people in a supernatural way. “God fought for Israel, He also fought with and through Israel.” Halleluiah!

Dear friends, as believers we experience increasing opposition from our spiritual enemies. Still the Lord fights along with us, His people. He provides assistance naturally and supernaturally. He enables us to use the strength, wisdom and endurance He has given us. He also does things we cannot possibly do for ourselves. Just as He gave the Israelites army extra light, sent hail storm from the sky and helped them defeat their enemies, He does marvelous things for us when we depend on Him fully.

PRAYER:  Dear Lord, as I grow closer to You, my spiritual enemy, the devil, oppresses me more and more. But You fight for me, with me and through me and give me victory over the devil in a supernatural way. Let me depend on You for wisdom, and power and be an overcomer. Amen.