My thoughts this week brought me to Joshua 4. At the beginning of this chapter we see the conclusion of a miracle and the commanded response to this miracle. The miracle that took place was the crossing of the Jordan river by the people of Israel. This miracle took place to show Israel that God is with them (Joshua 3:9-13). The command to the people of Israel after this miracle was to set up 12 memorial stones from the middle of the Jordan River as a rememberance for what had taken place. When readiing though the Bible, in particular the Old Testament, there are numerous times in which Israel builds an altar or memorial to the Lord. Most of these were two fold in nature, the first was to worship God then, and the second was for the future generations so that they would know something significant happened there (as in God did something great there).
When you look back over your life have you seen God at work? What do you do with these things? Do you forget about them? I am not saying that we go back and build altars and memorials for things that God has done for us, but I am saying that we should have good ways of remembering them. Do you write them down or celebrate them? Do you celebrate the day you were saved from death into life or the day you were baptized? Do you even know the dates of those things? Let me be honest here, I don’t know these things about my own life. I know a few significant dates in my life, like when I was born and when I got married, but I haven’t kept a good record of other significant dates. When I look at how Israel was commanded to remember things, I am a little ashamed of myself for note remembering crucial things in my own life.
As we all go forward in our lives with Christ, let us make notes about when and where we see God working. Write things down or build something that will help you remember in the future. Also let us think back and remember what He has done for us in the past! Write down what you can remember, share it with people. In Joshua 4:21-24 reads, “and he said to the Israelites, ‘In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’ you should tell your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’’ For the LORD your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, jsut as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up before us until we had crossed over. This is so that all the peoples of the earth my know that the LORD’s hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the LORD your God.” (CSB)
Let us put things in place to be conversation starters, not to think back on the ‘good old days,’ but to glorify God for what He has done in each of our lives. He alone is worthy of praise and glory, so let us give it to Him!
Thank you for reading,