In Joshua we read again how we are much better off fighting a battle when we are fighting the Lord's battle.
Before God led Joshua and the Israelites to the routing of 31 kings and all their land, He promised victory to Joshua - .
God also provided reassurance to the Israelites that He was on there side by hurling "large hailstones down on them from the sky" which killed more Amorites than the Israelites armies swords did.
One thing that stood out to me here is that God wants us to act out of obedience and faith. Victory would not have been automatic without the Israelites trusting in God and obeying the Lord. The defeat of Jericho that we read earlier, for example, did not happen by human might but by depending on the Lord's power and obeying His commands. Conversely, when Achan disobeyed the Lord, the Israelite army fell to Ai in defeat. It is no wonder then, that God urged Joshua and the Israelite people to be strong and courageous, not to be afraid, but to trust in the Lord and to obey His commands.
Joshua did not know how the victory was going to come, all he knew was that he was about to engage in a battle that he knew he could not win on his own.
God proved to Joshua and to the Israelite people that holding fast to the words of the Lord kept God in their corner. Just like the old hymn says:
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!
On a different note, I also found it interesting that in verse 12 the sun stood still over Gibeon, and the moon stood still over the Valley of Aijalon. So did the hail fall out from nothing, or did a cloud quickly appear over the battle area? Either way, quite a miracle!
Later in chapter 11 verse 20, we read "For it was the himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the had commanded Moses.
- It is worth noting that when God works His plan, he not only prepares our hearts, but He also prepares the hearts of others. So why wouldn't we trust in Him?