“The People of Israel did exactly as Joshua commanded: They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan—a stone for each of the twelve tribes, just as God had instructed Joshua—carried them across with them to the camp, and set them down there. Joshua set up the twelve stones taken from the middle of the Jordan that had marked the place where the priests who carried the Chest of the Covenant had stood….” Joshua 4:8-9 (MSG).
I love that Joshua commanded the people of Israel to set up a monument to remind them of the amazing goodness of their God. Today’s text got me thinking about my own life and the amazingly good things God had done for me—both in my past and my present. But, how many times have I stopped to put up a memorial of those things, a reminder for my future self of the abundant goodness of God, a place to go in the future to be reminded of all of God’s past goodness to me.
We all have moments in our lives when we forget the goodness of God, the wonderful ways He’s worked in our past, and, clearly, Israel was no exception; so, to be sure that the people of that generation and future generations would remember the great goodness of their God, they set up a memorial.
The Bible is filled with examples of people setting up memorials to the great deeds of God. These memorials served as reminders, markers to future generations to bolster their trust in God and to remind them of God’s great acts in the past, acts that give them assurance of God’s might and willingness to listen to and to answer His children’s prayers.
So, the next time you’re feeling down, look back on the milestones in your life that remind you of God’s goodness. Bolster your faith with these reminders and rest assured that the same God Who brought the children of Israel out of captivity in Egypt is working in your life to part your sea of trials and to drown your army of troubles, allowing you to walk through on dry land.