The day the sun stood still

Faith breeds confidence which breeds courage which breeds success.

James Leroy Wilson
2 min readSep 27, 2022


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Joshua 10

I’m reading Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

Joshua remained faithful to the Gibeonites who had deceived him, and came to their defense when five kings attacked them.

The key verse of Joshua 10 is the 8th:

The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have handed them over to you; not one of them shall stand before you.”

We don’t know how the LORD communicated with Joshua, but the LORD is no longer depicted as a presence within a nearby pillar of cloud. Moses communicated with the LORD when the pillar was near, but the LORD’s communication with Joshua seems to be all in his “head,” or mind, or imagination.

Previous experiences for Joshua — the parting of the Jordan, the walls crumbling at Jericho — gave him a sense of invincibility. But that’s because he relied on his faith, and not on his own abilities as a general, or on his army. He relied on the LORD, his higher self, which is his imagination.

The sun stood still and Joshua’s enemies were bombarded with giant hailstones from the sky. After that, the rest of the land was conquered with ease.

Joshua 10 isn’t a historical record of genocidal conquest, It’s the story of how faith breeds confidence, which brings courage, which brings a momentum of success.

Believe in your success, imagine your success, and success will be yours.

James Leroy Wilson writes Daily Miracles, The Daily Bible Chapter, JL Cells, and The MVP Chase. Thanks for your subscriptions and support! You may contact James for your writing, editing, and research needs:

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James Leroy Wilson

Former activist. Writer with a range of interests from spirituality to sports.


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