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Making Time Stand Still

From Monday, July 26, 2021.

Time is a tricky thing.

Last Thursday I was thinking “Man this has been a long week, and it’s not even over!”

I am sure you have experienced this…some days seem to drag, and other days seem to fly by, but each day has the exact same time, right down to the second, exact.

It is all in our perspective.

Albert Einstein once said “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.”

When we are busy time seems to go faster. When we are bored time seems to drag.

Time has always existed. Perhaps not in the way earth measures time, but it has always been.

Time will always exist. Into the future, forever and ever.

I remember as a young child my mom trying to explain the universe and beyond. She told me it goes on and on forever. I could not wrap my young brain around that. In my small world, everything had a beginning and an end. But then she explained it this way: “Let’s say you traveled for thousands of years and eventually came to ‘the end’…a wall, where the universe ended. What is on the other side of that wall?”

WOW! That was so profound to me, and it helped me understand space and time. It has always existed, and it will always exist.

Time moves only in one direction: forward. It does not move backwards, although the Bible talks about time standing still.

The story is in Joshua chapter 10.

The story goes like this: the king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and destroyed it and its king under a holy curse, just as he had done to Jericho and its king.

He also learned that the people of Gibeon had come to terms with Israel and were living as neighbors. He and his people were alarmed: Gibeon was a big city—as big as any with a king and bigger than Ai—and all its men were seasoned fighters.

The king of Jerusalem sent word to the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon and said “Come and help me. Let’s attack Gibeon; they’ve joined up with Joshua and the People of Israel.”

So the five Amorite kings combined their armies and set out to attack Gibeon.

The men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua and basically said “Don’t let us down now! Come quickly! Save us! Help us! All the Amorite kings who live up in the hills have ganged up on us.”

So Joshua set out from Gilgal, his whole army with him—all those tough soldiers! GOD told him, “Don’t give them a second thought. I’ve put them under your thumb—not one of them will stand up to you.”

Joshua marched all night from Gilgal and took them by total surprise. GOD threw them into total confusion before Israel, a major victory at Gibeon.

Israel chased them and as they ran from the People of Israel, GOD pitched huge stones on them out of the sky and many died. More died from the hailstones than the People of Israel killed with the sword.

But God was not done helping!

Joshua spoke to GOD, with all Israel listening:

“Stop, Sun, over Gibeon; Halt, Moon, over Aijalon Valley.” And Sun stopped, Moon stood stock still until he defeated his enemies.

The sun stopped in its tracks in mid sky; just sat there all day. There’s never been a day like that before or since. GOD fought for Israel. (The Message Bible)

If God can stop the sun from setting, how much more can He do for you when you are in the thick of the battle. Trust Him. Call upon Him.

Psalm 46:1-3 – "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."

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