Joshua and the God of the Miraculous
The book of Joshua, like many other books of the Bible, clearly shows us that God is a God of miracles and the miraculous. In Joshua’s case, The Jordan River, just like the Red Sea, parts for the Children of Israel so that they could go through it on dry ground. The walls of Jericho falling because they blew a few trumpets? The creator of the universe does the miraculous for His people.
We see more miracles in Joshua 10. The Israelites are battling the Amorites and all of the enemies of God. They are winning and the enemy is on the run, but Joshua seeks God’s help. His soldiers are winning, but they also are tired and need some “reinforcements” and Joshua isn’t shy about asking Him for a miracle.
When he was with Moses and part of the leadership team in the desert, Joshua had seen other miracles and, he didn’t hesitate to keep asking for more. Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Pastor and author Warren Wiersbe wrote, “Whenever we believe the promises of God and obey the commands of God, we act by faith and expect God’s help.” That’s exactly what Joshua did. He believed, he obeyed and he expected. He knew what God said and what God promised. He put his full trust in God and in God’s Word.
Look what happens: God rains down hailstones and more people are killed by the hail than by Israeli soldiers. And, it gets better. The miracle of the hailstones was nothing compared to extending the day! Joshua prayed for God’s help and He gave it to him in quite an unusual way. He stops the sun.
Joshua believed God. He’d seen miracles in his time with Moses (Exodus, Passover, the wilderness miracles). Those miracles became building blocks for his faith. He’d seen God’s faithfulness in many things, even small details and his faithfulness gives him the courage to ask for bigger and bigger miracles. Before it was written, Joshua believed in Jeremiah 32:17, “‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”
What does this mean for us? If we fail to recognize the smaller things that God is doing every day, all around us, we are never going to get to the point of believing Him for bigger things. We will be stuck in our own doubt. We will be stuck in unbelief and wondering where God is.
Give God the glory for the small things. Give him glory for creation. Give Him glory for your job or your school. Give Him glory for your spouse. Give Him glory for sending His son to die for you. Give Him glory in all things big and small, and watch Him continue to do greater and greater things in your life. Believe and expect, because nothing is too difficult for Him.