We were not let down....
Pastor Steven Furtick from
"O sun, stand still over Gibeon, o moon, over the
So the sun stood still and the moon stopped. THE SUN STOOD STILL, AND THE MOON STOPPED! The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. Joshua and his army finished and won the battle.
Now, I have read this story in Joshua more than once. It really didn't jump out at me the way it did for Pastor Steven. But it was a life changer for him and he explained why. I'm 99% sure that every person in the room (including me) bought what he was selling. Joshua had complete faith in Jesus, and asked for what he needed. He turned it all over and gave ALL control to God. That is pretty amazing faith. We ask for things in prayer all the time. "God, please be with ____ today." or "God, please help me ______." Or we send up blanket/generic prayers such as "God, please help me be a better person." These are all great things to aspire for or hope for others. It is comforting to know that God cares and answers even the most generic of prayers. But, what is the HUGE thing in your life that is so big that you don't even bring it to God? Sometimes I don't bring things to God because to me, it feels selfish. For instance, one thing that is really important to me is the baby issue. Another thing that is constantly on my heart is problems with family members. Not my problem with them, but their problems with each other. (I have a big ole family, so don't try to figure this one out, lol.) How about finances? A lot of people feel like if they’re in a situation because of something that they did, then why should God have to fix it? The whole “you made the bed, now lay in it” mentality takes over. Some people feel selfish in asking for God's guidance there. I know I do! How about this....do you want to live a life that magnifies God to others? In what way? Do you want to witness to people at work or at the gym? Have you asked for God's help there? Pastor Steven made a pretty profound statement...
If your intent for your life isn't intimidating to you, there's a good chance that it's insulting to God.
Here's what I personally took from the sermon. I'm working on trying to surrender control. I have tried to really take in the trust in God mentality. "If God wants me to have a baby, he'll make it happen." Well did I ever really ask? For crap sake, Joshua asked the sun to stand still - and it did! Now I don't think that if I just ask God for a baby then wham bam, I'm preggers. I do know that if something is such a HUGE issue in my life, why wouldn't I make it a God conversation?? More importantly, why would I ever dwell on ANYTHING and think that it's not really a God issue? Do I really think he doesn't know? God's not sitting around wondering what's bothering me. "If only she'd ask, I'd know how to help her...." Hahaha. He knows. Pastor Steven shared his Sun Stand Still moment. He had an alcoholic, non-believing father who didn't really know how to parent. His father's father had killed himself on his dad's 8th birthday. He had a rough, confusing life. Steven's prayer was for a serious change. He wanted his dad to know the love he knew. It happened when he asked. What need, goal, or objective seems impossible to you right now? How big is your perception of God? How do you think your limited perception of God has limited your faith?
If you’re in a position where you think that the only thing that can fix your problem is a miracle (usually laced with sarcasm when spoken aloud) – then you’re in God’s wheelhouse! He’s in the business of performing miracles! What’s your Sun Stand Still prayer?