Power to Win

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 10:6–15

The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. (v. 13)

The power of God makes the powers of man seem insignificant. A storm on the sun emits enough power, if it could be harnessed, to provide for all of the commercial needs of even modern society for hundreds of years.

Little wonder, therefore, that in the Bible God says to his people so frequently, “Do not fear” (v. 8). If God has commanded us to do something, he will provide all that is needed for us to do what he wants done. Even if it includes causing the sun to stand still. Knowing what we do about astronomy, this miracle was far greater than Joshua could imagine. But whatever it took to cause this to happen, what a simple little job it must have been for the God who controls the galaxies within which this solar system is but a speck.

God’s use of his power on behalf of his people is always intended to stimulate greater faith. We are to encourage each other to believe that God’s past help is a sign of what he will continue to do. Joshua called the chiefs of Israel together at the end of the battle and said, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the Lord will do to all your enemies” (v. 25). (originally published May 17, 1972)


Father, increase our faith. Give us courage to do what you tell us. We know our prayers will be heard because of Jesus through whom we pray. Amen.