He and his people were alarmed: Gibeon was a big city - as big as any with a king and bigger than Ai - and all its men were seasoned fighters.
no matter how mighty and how big in the world's eyes, no matter how great and influential they may be, no matter how seasoned their fighters and armies are, no matter how big their cities are, no matter how fortified their fortresses are, if they choose to go against you, then they don't have a chance. you don't even have to prove anything to them, they are already defeated. these mountains that try to stand in our way and try to dwarf us down and block out sight of your promises, plans for and goodness to us, these mountains are valleys to you. fertile valleys full of answered prayer and mighty displays of your power. valleys of rest and trust and hope in your redeeming power, transforming ability, life-changing prowess, wisdom beyond this universe, greatness above all. thank you God for being you, for being our lord.