Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.
(Joshua 10:12-14, KJV)
The Christian life is not lived apart from tests and challenges. But the key factor to excelling in the midst of trials is whether we call upon God to fight on our behalf, especially when the trial seems insurmountable. When we do this, miracles happen! As in the case with Joshua, the sun stood still and the moon stayed so that they could win their battle against the Amorites.
When we call upon Him and look to Him in the midst of difficulties, He often opens doors for us which we could not have done on our own. This can result in opportunities to heal broken relationships, make positive changes in our lifestyle and experience personal growth and healing. God will hearken to us and He will hear us as we depend on Him.
And so all we have to do is stand. As we stand in faith, God moves on our behalf. He brings together the people and the situations that will bring us victory in the end.
Are you in a trial right now? What are you doing to stand in faith and keep yourself encouraged?