“Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven,
and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel…” (Josh. 10:12-14).
Is it too difficult to believe? Miracles can still take place in the contemporary context. Is it too difficult to believe? Or have we become so arrogant in our quest for independence to acknowledge that God still interacts with His creation? As humanity has made great accomplishments and increased in knowledge, we have become more divided in our belief of God’s existence.
For every corroboration of a fact from the Bible comes an intensified attempt to disprove another Scriptural account. This disdain for Divine-human interaction encourages a belief that there has to be the ability to gain the approval of the scientific community in order for something to be considered as truth. However, as believers, we cannot simply pick and choose which portions of the Bible to believe. It must be accepted as wholly true or completely false.
We do not like to believe in absolutes. However, when we reject the absolute truth of God’s Word, we leave too much room for gray areas. In addition, too many gray areas leave room for the enemy to continue his assault upon the bedrock of our faith. How so? Because the enemy knows that “…faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God…” (Rom. 10:17).
If the enemy can cause us to doubt God’s Word, then he can cause us to doubt God’s role in our lives because the very whole of creation is upheld by the Word of God (Heb. 1:3). As the Bible has forewarned us, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun…” (Eccl. 1:9). In other words, the enemy has packaged and repackaged the same spiritual tactic and used it against humanity since the Garden (Gen. 3). As a result of our immense desire for independence from a Creator, we continue to accept the lies of the enemy as truth.
Is it too difficult to believe that miracles such as the ones mentioned within our scriptural text describe the relationship between the Creator and His creation. The accounts of the Bible demonstrate the great lengths to which the everlasting love and faithfulness of the Creator will go to preserve those seek after Him wholeheartedly. Yet, it also speaks of His continual pursuit of those who renounce His existence and encourage others to do the same (2 Pet. 3:9). He not only provides daily for those who acknowledge Him, but He provides for those who reject Him as well (Mt. 5:45). Is it too difficult to believe that God as Creator has provided a way to overthrow the enemy’s plan to deceive humanity (2 Cor. 4:1-6)? Why? Because of His love for us all.
We only need to accept as absolute fact that all things become possible with God through our faith in His ability to do all things (Mt. 19:26). Is it too difficult to believe?
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”
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