Scripture Joshua 10 ;
12On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!
The Lord God of Creation uses the natural to perform the supernatural.
This is one of those passages of scripture that I have heard refuters of the Bible use to try to convince people that it couldn’t possibly be true. They will say “Do you really believe that the Sun stood still? That the earth stopped spinning, so they could fight longer?” My answer used to be no – this was symbolic of how God allowed them to accomplish more in that day than they would have been able to, and so it seemed that time stood still so they could gain the victory.
But let me share something with you that I recently learned. Astronomers have now developed computer programs that allow them to track the movements of the planets and stars in just about any point in history. And they have discovered something very interesting that happened around October 25th 1404 B.C. During that time Mars, one of our neighboring planets, made a near earth pass over the north pole. At that time Mars came to within 70,000 miles of the earth- this is much closer than even our Moon. When this happened it altered the earths axial tilt by five degrees. Which changed the length of that day, and also changed the length of our year. Before that time ancient calenders had only 360 days. You can also find legends of an account of a single long day in other cultures, including the Chinese.
The verses before the passage above also speak of massive meteor showers landing upon the enemies of Israel, which you could imagine might occur during such an extrodinary event. The truly amazing thing is the timing and placement of these events which worked together for good to those who Loved the Lord, who were called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)
So how is this an application to our lives today? I see it as a confirmation that God uses the natural things of Creation to perform the supernatural. When I was taking a course on the Old Testament once at Martin Methodist, I can remember reading how the ten plagues of Egypt could all be explained by natural causes. This threw some of the other students into a frenzy, they were so upset they were even calling the writers of the textbook heathens. But it doesn’t hinder my faith to think of the natural causes of those things, in fact it strengthens it. It’s not so much as how the plagues occur, but when, and that they came in the order Moses said they would, and they affected only the Egyptians. So what if they originated in nature, God uses the natural to perform the supernatural.
When Peter preached after the day of Pentecost, God used the natural man to perform a miraculous thing when every person there heard him speaking in their own tongue. When God spoke to your heart, I am willing to bet that He used a person, or the Bible, or a book, or movie, or something in the natural to bring you to a place where the supernatural could occur.
So although we are but human beings, don’t think that God isn’t using us to perform his miraculous works of grace and mercy. We just have to trust in Him, to accomplish His will in the ways that He always has and does.
Father, use me as a tool of your hand. Allow me in my weakness to be used to accomplish your miraculous. Help me through my natural self to serve your supernatural purpose.
I give up any lack of faith which the enemy tries to bring to the surface when I see natural explanations amid the supernatural workings of God.