By Lori Gardner
OOne of the first things children learn in Sunday school is that God is omnipotent. They may not understand such a big word, but even the smallest child can comprehend that God is all powerful. Children never question how He could create the world in six days or how He had the power to calm an angry sea. With their childlike faith they accept that He is powerful enough to do these things simply because He is God.
It’s sad that as we get older and face the trials and challenges of adulthood, we tend to forget God’s power. We listen to the world’s logic and lean upon our own reasoning instead of trusting that God is big enough for anything that comes our way.
Throughout the book of Joshua we see many examples of how powerful God is. Joshua 10 tells us the Israelites were in a fierce battle against an alliance of Amorite kings. God demonstrated His power by casting down great hailstones from heaven that killed more of the enemy than Israel did with the sword (Joshua 10:11).
In this same battle, Joshua did something very unusual; he spoke to the Lord before the children of Israel saying, “Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon” (Joshua 10:12). Miraculously, the sun and the moon stood still until Israel had avenged themselves upon their enemies.
Scripture does not say that Joshua privately prayed for this to happen. It says he spoke to the Lord “before the children of Israel,” and he commanded the sun and the moon in their sight. What tremendous confidence Joshua had to speak this command in front of his army. We can only imagine the humiliation and loss of respect if Joshua had been wrong, but he knew God was mighty enough to stop the sun and moon from moving so they could successfully finish the battle.
It is interesting that the Lord used the very things the Amorites worshipped, the sun and moon, to defeat them. They learned that Israel’s living God was more powerful than anything they had ever seen.
Psalm 62:11 tells us that power belongs to God. Because God is eternal, His power is unending. The God that we learned about in Sunday school is just as powerful today as He was in Joshua’s time. Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”