The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
This passage is one of my favorites portions of Scripture. It is meaningful to me as I have realized the importance of remembering all God has done for you. I think Joshua & Nehemiah are my favorite OT books.
The monument Joshua had the people erect was to serve as a visible reminder to them and the future generations to come of God’s power! Today, we hang pictures in our homes, display our certificates and trophies in our offices, why? To remind ourselves and to share with others. As with these stones, the Cross of Jesus Christ is a visible reminder of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice. When was the last time to reflected on all that He has done for you? For me personally, I try to find a quiet place once a week and take time to make a mental list of all that God has done for me, in me and through me. It builds my faith. It encourages me. It reminds me of His love and care for me and my family. Thankfulness begins to well up in my heart when I take the time to remember.
Take some time today to make a list whether it is a mental list or a list which you write down somewhere of all God has done for you. Then begin to thank Him for all of it. May He overwhelm you with His presence and peace as you do so.