The sun is one great phenomenon existing on earth,talk of it being a source of energy,a tool to measure time and seasons etcetera. Many are scientists obsessed with unravelling the mystery of this body of energy.To birds it may signify start of a new day,or end of one at sunset.To plants it may mean the ignition of the food manufacturing engine and many more uses.Mankind has been awed with sun since time immemorial,some to an extent of even deifying and worshiping it.Just as the sun warms it can also burn.As it majestically strodes the skies on daily basis ,looking down upon us, it looks so indomitable but really who holds the key to this enigma.To get a glimpse of this we shall learn from the experiences of two gentlemen.The first man asked for the control of this sun,and for the second man the sun was controlled without his asking.
1.Joshua and the sun
10 Adonizedek, the king of Jerusalem,[a] heard that Joshua had captured and totally destroyed Ai and had killed its king, just as he had done to Jericho and its king. He also heard that the people of Gibeon had made peace with the Israelites and were living among them. 2 The people of Jerusalem were greatly alarmed at this because Gibeon was as large as any of the cities that had a king; it was larger than Ai, and its men were good fighters. 3 So Adonizedek sent the following message to King Hoham of Hebron, King Piram of Jarmuth, King Japhia of Lachish, and to King Debir of Eglon: 4 “Come and help me attack Gibeon, because its people have made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.” 5 These five Amorite kings, the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon, joined forces, surrounded Gibeon, and attacked it.6 The men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal: “Do not abandon us, sir! Come at once and help us! Save us! All the Amorite kings in the hill country have joined forces and have attacked us!”7 So Joshua and his whole army, including the best troops, started out from Gilgal. 8 The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them. I have already given you the victory. Not one of them will be able to stand against you.” 9 All night Joshua and his army marched from Gilgal to Gibeon, and they made a surprise attack on the Amorites. 10 The Lord made the Amorites panic at the sight of Israel’s army. The Israelites slaughtered them at Gibeon and pursued them down the mountain pass at Beth Horon, keeping up the attack as far south as Azekah and Makkedah. 11 While the Amorites were running down the pass from the Israelite army, the Lord made large hailstones fall down on them all the way to Azekah. More were killed by the hailstones than by the Israelites.12 On the day that the Lord gave the men of Israel victory over the Amorites, Joshua spoke to the Lord. In the presence of the Israelites he said,
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
Moon, stop over Aijalon Valley.”13 The sun stood still and the moon did not move until the nation had conquered its enemies. This is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not go down for a whole day.14 Never before, and never since, has there been a day like it, when the Lord obeyed a human being. The Lord fought on Israel’s side!15 After this, Joshua and his army went back to the camp at Gilgal.(Joshua 10:1-13)
From this verse we learn that God heard Joshua’s plea and granted it,He made the sun stand still until the enemies were defeated.This should excite our prayer life,that there is nothing too hard or impossible to God to grant to His faithfuls.
2.Jonah and the sun
God forgave the people ” But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[a] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” Jonah 4.
For Jonah to understand how unjustified was his anger against the mercy shown to people of Nineveh ,God let him taste the wrath of a scorching sun,what a good lesson to us the believers how many are times we have asked for unjustified things from God,how many times have we wished that our rivals would meet unexpected demise.How many are times have we kept on judging and condemning people whom God has already forgiven.
From these two stories its clear that the keys are in the hands of the creator,day 4 of creation records” 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also ” Gen 1:16