Today’s reading is Joshua 10
What would it take for you to know God was on your side? It can be so easy to doubt his work in our lives and his power to break through in our culture.
When Joshua went to help the Gibeonites, so many amazing things took place that give the reader a very clear indication that God is at work (those hailstones!). But it is only when the sun stands still for 24 hours that we read “Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” It seems like this miraculous phenomena was the turning point for the Israelites seeing the hand of God at work.
It got me thinking… what do we need to acknowledge God’s hand at work? What would it take to be able to confidently say that “the Lord is fighting for us?”
Whenever my mind wanders down this track I’m reminded of The parable Jesus told about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man begs Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his family about the torment the rich man experienced. Abraham’s reply is
He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. Luke 16:31
It’s fascinating in light of the resurrection of Jesus himself. Do we really need any other sign to show the Lord is fighting for us? What he has done in raising Jesus from the dead is a miraculous phenomena that speaks loudly of his goodness toward people and his total defeat of evil and death.
Let’s not be like those whom Abraham referred to who will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. Rather, confident in the resurrection of Jesus be assured that the Lord is fighting for us, achieving his purposes. Whatever situation you find yourself in today, know the Lord is fighting for you.