6 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Joshua 4
Psalms 129-131
Isaiah 64
Matthew 12

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Joshua 4:6-7 (CSB): “…In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you should tell them, ‘The water of the Jordan was cut off in front of the ark of the LORD’s covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan’s water was cut off.’ Therefore these stones will always be a memorial for the Israelites.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

When we read Joshua 4, we observe that God told Joshua something that may seem a bit strange. God told Joshua to tell the Israelites to pick up twelve (large?) stones from the middle of the Jordan River when they walked over on dry ground. They were to place those stones in a heap when they reached the bank on the other side.

Why did God require this? Because the heap of stones would serve as a tangible reminder of when they miraculously crossed the River on dry ground. Specifically, as the years passed and the children began to ask what the heap of stones (monument) was, it would be an occasion to tell about how God miraculously led the adults across the Jordan River.

From this, we learn that God loves it when we remember the things He’s done for us. He loves it when we set up memorials to remember those things. And He loves it when we create opportunities to create questions in our children so that we can tell them about what God did for us.

So, since God likes these things, why not think about how you can comply with this.

First of all, what big things has God done for you? Create a list.

No, don’t keep reading. Really, stop and create at least a short list of things He’s done for you.

Second, what tangible thing can you create to remind you of what God has done?

  • I have heard of some people who actually grabbed a handful of pebbles near the location where God did something wonderful, and put it into a knick-knack with a written account of what God did.
  • For me, I have kept a journal through much of my adult life and recounted what God has done. To make it a bit more public, I have written some blog posts to testify about my God in the “About the Author” link above.
  • The possibilities are endless. What could you create to remind yourself of what God has done in your life?

Finally, be ready to tell others about what God has done, especially the next generation. I’m not saying to force your testimony on people. Just be ready to share it, and brag on what God has done, when asked.

Friend, God is good! All the time! Even in the bad times!

But, we tend to be forgetful. So, He likes it when we do something or create something that will be a constant remind of His goodness in our lives. And then, He wants us to share it with others.

Why not apply some of these principles today.

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Lord Jesus, You are so good to me. But I often forget, especially when life is hard, how good You’ve been. So, help me to come up with some ways to continually remind myself of Your goodness and be ready to share it with others. Amen.

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