Today is the first day of Summer, the longest day of the year, so enjoy the sunshine! The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and since this is a Bible-based blog, I thought it appropriate to remind us about a day that was even longer than today. That day was a day when the sun stood still, making that the longest day if the year for any year.
“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies.” – Joshua 10:13 NKJV
If you live along the same latitude as New York City, then the sun rose at 5:25 AM EDT and will not set until 8:30 tonight, being in the sky for nearly 15 hours. And if you consider actual hours of light from dawn til nighttime add another 4 hours to that – yes, 18 hours of light today!
In the Bible we find a day when Joshua battled against the five kings of the Amorites, that he commanded the sun to stand still before all Israel, until he had completely destroyed the armies of the Amorites. In that day the sun was held still by the power of God for about a whole day.
“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.” – Joshua 10:12-14 KJV
Here’s a great tool that will show you how long the day will be where you live – go to the Almanac website and enter in your zip code.