Stones to Remember God’s Faithfulness.
As we read about Joshua’s life, we can see that he was a courageous man, full of faith.
He seemed to have no question as to whether or not God would fulfill His promises to him personally, as well as the promises to Israel.
Perhaps, because of His faith and courage, God lead Him to experience so many great things?
Today, I’d like to focus in on chapter 4 and the following passage:
“So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, ‘Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.’” (Josh. 4:1-7)
“So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.” (4:8-9)
While reading through these verses, I can’t help but to think of the stones (memorials) we set up today. Most of the time, it is because of a person or historical event including a group of people.
But how often to we put up a memorial to something God has done?
It might be strange.
In our culture, perhaps it would be considered strange? Perhaps even the Christian world would say it’s not really worth it unless something miraculous (like a river being stopped) took place?
On the other hand, what a testimony it would be for future generations?
Think about this year.
- What amazing struggle has God help you overcome?
- What task has God given you the strength to complete?
- What incredible experience has God brought you to?
- What need (or want) has God provided out of nowhere?
Think about this year, and put up some “stones” to remember what God has done!