READ: Joshua 3:1-4:24 (esp., 4:1-10, 19-24)
- After Israel crossed the river, Joshua commanded one man from each of the twelve tribes to return to the river for a large stone. At the place where Israel spent the night, their first night in the long-awaited Promised Land, they built a pile of rocks. These standing stones were reminders, of course; but more so, they were teachers. Note well: 4:20-24.
- Standing stones serve as a wonderful teacher to us, as well. Israel used the site of these stones as an object lesson to share their experiences of God. It became the next generation’s opportunity to learn of God’s faithfulness and to be confident in what He would do for them in their lives. They teach us that, too; but, even more, they teach us to create memorials for our families.
- Memorials are in our blood. Just look at Washington, D.C., downtown Springfield, IL, or Quincy. There are multiple memorials scattered about so that we are reminded of great events in our collective history. The difference in standing stones is that they create memories that point, not to our greatness, but to God’s greatness and grace. They remind us that we need the future generations to believe God is in their present as well as their past.
- What standing stones have you erected for your children and grandchildren (or other observers)?
- Reflect on a time when you used those stones to tell a “God-story” to someone.
- What have you learned from someone else’s standing stones/memorials?
Thank God for His presence. Thank Him for those times when He clearly was invested in your life situation. Ask Him to make Himself visible to you as He meets you in your need.