What Was Really So Special about Joshua’s Long Day?

We think we’ve had a long day!
At  least when we have one that seems like it will never end,
it lasts only 24 hours.

But with Joshua’s long day in the Bible,
“the sun stood still in the midst of heaven,
and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day” (Josh. 10:13).

joshuas-long-daySo Joshua’s long day is famous for God performing a celestial miracle so that Israel could mop up the victory against their enemy.   Wow, God makes the sun stand still and stops the moon!  A simple tick tock for the Master Timer who created the heavens and earth and upholds them by His power!  Just like adjusting a Timex for Him!

So the Bible proclaims “there has been no day like that, before it or after it” (verse 14) and spells out the reason why.  The surprise:  it’s not because orbits were altered.

Some claim the significance of Joshua’s long day is that the weekly calendar cycle was changed, and therefore whatever day the battle took place on became the next day of the weekly cycle and voila—the seventh day of the week became the first day of the week.    So some claim the God who told His people to “observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant” (Ex. 31:16) lost time and messed up His own calendar!  They think He got so star struck confused that now He is deliriously happy if somebody just wants to worship Him at all on whatever day fits their fancy.

Who really thinks our Creator would botch His own directives!  Not in a month of Sundays.

Did you notice what the Bible plainly says:  “there has been no day like that.”  If it were on a Monday and perhaps gave rise to our modern feelings about the work week, then it was still a Monday when it ended.  If maybe it felt like a Monday Monday, it was still only one long day for Momas and Papas to sing about down through the ages.

So now let’s notice

What really was so special about Joshua’s long day

“And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man” (verse 14).

God told Joshua “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you” (verse 8).   Yet lots of them were still standing as sunset was coming on.  Joshua wanted to finish the mission!  The Lord had been giving ’em hail (verse 11) and Joshua probably sensed He wasn’t ready to call it a day yet either.

So apparently as Joshua was speaking to the Lord (verse 12), he boldly asked the Lord for more daylight!  And God listened to His obedient zealous servant.

Why should we be so surprised?  God says

“Come now, and let us reason together” (Isa. 1:18)

He let Abraham dicker with Him in Gen. 18:17.

prayingWhat a wonderful promise we have from our loving Father:  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you” (Jer. 29:11-12).

That the Supreme Power of the universe is willing to listen to you when you humble yourself to pray, now that’s a miracle worth being thankful for and taking advantage of!

Are we kneeling yet?


Robert Curry

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