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The voice of a man

Joshua 10:12-14   At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”  And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.

What would you pray for if you knew God would hear you and answer?  What would you have the faith to believe Him for if you knew, with no doubt or fear, that He was on your side?

The story of Joshua praying for the sun to stand still in the sky is often centered around his bold prayer and God’s answer, but shift your focus just for a moment back on verse 8 of this story.  Notice that before Joshua had the bold faith to pray for a mighty miracle, he heard from God.  The Lord told Joshua that He was on his side and that Israel would win over their enemies.

With that knowledge, Joshua was able to pray with complete faith, knowing that God was with him.  We too can be courageous in our prayers if we first hear from God that He is on our side.  Are you living for Him?  Is He on your side?  Consult God’s Word and find where He wants you.  When you are there, He is fighting on your side, and your voice too will be heard.

———-  So what would you pray for if you knew He would answer?

Resolved: To live with all my might

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I’m guilty of forgetting. I’m guilty of forgetting that if God is by my side I have nothing to be afraid of. I’m guilty of being afraid when I know better. I fail to step out in obedience when things seem scary because I forget that I have nothing to fear.

Living in fear isn’t really living life. It’s certainly not living the life God has called me to. Where in His Word can we ever find the Lord telling us to be afraid of anything in this world? There’s lots of places that we find encouragement to trust in Him and to not be afraid, but no, no instructions to be timid and hold back because something is scary.

Is there any area of your life where you’re dealing with this? Are you really living life as its meant to be lived and carrying out the calling God has on your life? Or are you waiting for things to settle down before making a move? There’s a time to wait. There are specific times when we’re meant to slow down and wait on God’s timing. I’m not talking about those times, though. I’m talking about times when you know exactly what He wants you to do and you’re afraid to do it.

I’m resolving this year to listen to the voice of God and follow Him, even when it may be hard to do so because of fear. We have a limited time on this earth. It’s time to start living.