If you can’t watch the video right now… Read this!
I was driving past Beech High School earlier this week and I was prompted to create this video. I was thinking about all of the great memories I have (as well as some of the not-so-great memories) and, looking back, it’s so easy to see where God was in each of those situations. I can see how he shaped me and how he guided me through those years and made sure that I am where I am today.
As I was thinking back to those formative years, I was reminded of Joshua, chapter 4. The Israelites had just crossed the Jordan River and the Lord tells Joshua, who turns around and tells 12 men (one from each tribe of Israel), to go pick up some rocks. They take these rocks and they place them where they are sleeping the night after the Jordan crossing.
Joshua tells them why they are doing this. Starting in Joshua 4:6:
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?Joshua 4:6-7 (KJV)
7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
This is a common practice that we see throughout the Old Testament. The Israelites would build altars, or memorials, to God but these particular altars weren’t for sacrificing or for making offerings to God. These altars were there to remind them of what God had done and that God had been faithful to them.
What are some of the things that God has done for you in your life? Maybe you haven’t built an altar or a memorial but take some time right now and thank God for what he has done. Be deliberate. Be personal. Really dig deep to thank God for His never-ending, never-wavering faithfulness.
I would love to hear the stories of how God has blessed you in the past (even when it didn’t feel like a blessing when you were going through it). Comment below and share your story!
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.Psalm 100:4 (KJV)