This is one of the most exciting parts of the Bible, I think, full of action and war and supernatural intervention. How long must it have taken for everyone to realize Joshua’s prayer had come true and the sun was actually standing still? It’s one of those really cool moments when God intervenes, but He does it silently, and His silent acts almost seem more world-rending than His loud ones.
In the past couple months I heard a sermon on why Moses was such a great man. I know Moses is dead by this time, but the connection I’m drawing is to Joshua, and why he isn’t considered as great as Moses was even though he led the conquest that established Israel in its Promised Land. Joshua did amazing things, too, so why is Moses considered the better leader?
The answer the sermon gave was that Moses trained a successor. He had an apprentice ~ Joshua himself ~ to whom he taught the fundamentals of leadership and to whom he left the leadership of Israel after he died. Joshua seemed to be a great leader in every other regard except for this one ~ he did not train someone to take his place when he died. That is the mark of a great leader.