Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

So Joshua caught them by surprise, after marching all night from Gilgal. Joshua 10:9 HCSB

Those who are a bit older might remember the old television show named Gomer Pyle. Actor Jim Nabors played the main character, Gomer, a small town country man who joined the United States Marine Corps and had a tough Drill Sargent. The only thing that Gomer wanted to do was please Sargent Carter and when he would do something special for him he would often say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”.

Joshua could have said the same thing when he attacked the enemy soldiers of the Amorite kings. The Scripture points out that Joshua's army traveled all night from Gilgal. That would be the distance of approximately 17 miles over rough terrain. Additionally, they would have climbed some 3,000 feet in elevation – not an easy trip at any time but especially difficult at night. The element of surprise can be a big advantage in a military battle. Joshua got the upper hand and was able to defeat the enemy troops. I am sure Joshua's soldiers thought Joshua was crazy making them march all night, but they were most likely praising him for his wisdom when they easily won the battle with God's help.

Challenge: Sometimes we have to accomplish difficult tasks to reap the rewards that God has in store for us. You may not have to walk 17 miles in the dark but nothing worth having comes easily. Things of value usually take time and hard work to accomplish.What has God called you to do? Would you be willing to walk in the dark for 17 miles to accomplish something great for God? Listen to Gomer Pyle say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise” on YouTube at

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