Sunday, March 27, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Joshua 10:13

the sun and moon stood still until
the Israelites had defeated their enemies
Joshua 10:13
For the first time in a long time, all the spot lights are working on the corners of our house. Pulling into our driveway last night, Robbie kept saying, "Dad, it looks like the middle of the afternoon out here."
I didn't stop to explain the "how" of electricity and the incandescent bulb to Rob. (He understands that stuff better than I do, anyway.) We were just thankful to Grandpa for helping us change them.
So many people get hung up on the "how" in many of our Bible stories and forget to thank God for his generosity.
Did God slow or stop the rotation of the earth? Did he make the moon shine like the middle of the afternoon? Did a million angels of light brighten the armies path? Did God create the atmospheric conditions to bend refract the sun's light around the edges of the spinning globe? 
It doesn't really matter.
What matters is 1) that Israel asked for extra daylight (v 12), and the creator of the universe -- who clearly has the power to do it -- graciously obliged. What matters is 2) that we need to give thanks for all the wonderful ways he blesses our life.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who finds his faith bigger
when he gives thanks
After all, "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" (Gen 18:4)
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God stopped the sun AND the moon. He basically stopped the earth spinning ... stopped time ... so the good guys could win. But like Pastor said, the 'how' is the least of our worries.  I am often guilty of wanting to know how or why that I forget to see the blessing that is sitting right in front of me. How often do you do that? 

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