“There’s not enough time in the day.” “I wish I could turn back the clock.” Sometimes, time feels like it’s dragging on and on, and often, we pray to ask God to give us more time. But God doesn’t work on our schedule.
Joshua 10:7-13—So Joshua and his entire army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and set out for Gibeon. “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”
Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise. The Lord threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah. As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the Lord destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.
On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
Joshua’s prayer wasn’t about time. He didn’t ask God to freeze time and give the Israelites more time to prepare for the battle. Joshua asked God to let the sun stand still in the east, so that it would shine in their enemies’ eyes in the west. It was a prayer of position.
It’s easy to think that if we just had more time, we could do so much more, and win every battle that we face. But God isn’t on our timeline. He knows His purpose for us; our job is to get focused on our position in the battle, rather than try to change the condition of the battle.
People often want to jump ship when the conditions become unfavorable; many people think that once they become a Christian, everything will be perfect for them all the time. But Jesus said in John 16:33 that we will have difficulties in this life. God’s will is for you to keep pressing on through the pain and the challenges, not to switch paths once you hit some resistance.
The battle isn’t the problem—someone can always through punches at you. We need to make sure that our hearts are in the right position to take on the battle. Be audacious enough to move to the position God wants you in. When we walk in our God-given position, we ready ourselves to face any of life’s conditions.