Monday, March 16, 2009

Light In A Dusky Valley

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat."

-Queen Victoria

Five kings stood against one man. But he was fearless. And he was more than hopeful. Joshua was full of unyielding faith, not supposing, not surmising, but knowing that his God would fight for him. Joshua remembered the deliverance of his God. The partings of the Red Sea and the Jordan River. The water from the rock. The manna in the wilderness. Other battles against fierce nations in which God brought prodigious victory for Israel. How could Joshua consider the possibility of defeat?

The battle raged. And the five armies fled from Israel. And time was on their side as they ran. In the midst of the conflict, Joshua cried to El Shaddai, the Almighty God. "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon over the Valley of Aijalon." And time stopped. Israel defeated its enemies. "There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel."

And surely such a miracle calls to us today in the 21st century, for God is still Almighty, and he loves us and fights for his children. He longs to deliver us from trouble. He yearns to hear us call his name.

What battle are you facing today? What army is waring against you? What conflicts your soul? There is a God who is Almighty. He Hears. He speaks. He delivers. He watches over his word to perform it. And he watches over you.

As you call upon him, he will hear and answer. He will take you in his arms, and he will fight for you. The times and seasons of your life are in his hands. He can cause the sun in your valley to stand still and give you light to conquer the enemies you face. So, trust in him, believe in him, call on him, fully knowing that he is waiting to illuminate the dusky road you are facing. God bless you today as you seek him, or as you pray for that one who needs his mighty hand.

from Joshua 10:1 - 15, NIV


  1. Amen to that! What an inspiring story that we should all remember when we feel like we are in circumstances that we cannot overcome.

  2. Andrea,

    Thank you for this remarkable post to remind us all that God is always with us. It was beautifully written and touched my heart.

  3. What encouraging words about our Rock and Redeemer! Victory from the Lord...this post was a blessing!

  4. thank you for a blessing this evening
    hugs from Meme

  5. I have enjoyed visiting your blog tonight by way of "Ramblings from an English garden".

    What a beautiful blog! I will be back to visit!

    Blessings of peace and all that is good.

  6. Indeed, I've had my own day of the sun standing still of my behalf...actually, it was the darknest night of my soul. I was profoundly aware of the enemy's attack; I profoundly remember God taking me out of the scene and saying to me, "This one is mine, elaine. Stand back and receive your deliverance." That's been nearly 14 years ago, but even in this moment, I have Holy Spirit chill bumps resonating with the truth of that moment.

    You are so right. Our God is more than able, more than willing, and more than ready to fight for us! Let's take Him at his Word.


  7. OH! Then sings my soul! I love this story...I was reading again yesterday the place in Exodus that mentions Moses having time with God face to face like a friend (I'm paraphrasing) and when he left, Joshua stayed...I love speaks volumes...

    I am here by way of Cori's place, and I am EVER so glad that I made the trip, I will be back often! Where the Good word is, I want to be!

    SO pleased to meet you!


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