Thursday, May 15, 2014

God interprets our requests

“Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou moon in the valley of Ajalon.” Joshua spoke the command of faith as he understood the matter, but the Divine hearing of the command was carried out as God understood it.

The desire of Joshua was, to see the light of day remain, and the darkness of night prevented, until he had secured his object in the pursuit of his enemy. And this desire he gained through his extraordinary faith. It was a matter of no moment to the faith of Joshua centuries ago, nor is it now, to the faith of the reader, by what natural means such a supernatural effect should be produced.

John Henry Kurtz, The Bible and Astronomy; An Exposition of the Biblical Cosmology, and Its Relations to Natural Science, trans. T. D. Simonton (Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857), 24.

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