Joshua 10 describes the longest day of battles ever in history. God made the sun stand still until Israel accomplished victories! Now that was a long day. It’s such a mixture of God accomplishing the victory and Israel fighting and fighting and fighting! I thought about how exhausted they had to be! I was exhausted just reading it. God said they would win. God worked miracles on their behalf so they would win. The victory was the Lord’s, but they had a part in it.
And the LORD confounded them before Israel, and He slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and pursued them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword. Joshua 10:9, 10
I like what Matthew Henry says:
But why needed Joshua to put himself and his men so much to the stretch? Had not God promised him that without fail He would deliver the enemies into his hand? It is true He had; but God's promises are intended, not to slacken and supersede, but to quicken and encourage our endeavors.
I love that last line. “God's promises are intended, not to slacken and supersede, but to quicken and encourage our endeavors.” That encourages me today to not slacken, but quicken my endeavors for Him. He will win. I need to fight today. And that reminded me of a song.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!