Share Your Stories
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”
Joshua 4:4-7 NLT
The children of Israel are about to enter the Promised Land. They came out of Egypt with the miracle of crossing the Red Sea. Now, they are going into the Promised Land with the crossing of the Jordan River. For forty years, they have traveled in the wilderness with nothing permanent being placed anywhere. This was all transition time; now, they were going to construct the first permanent memorial of their journey.
God had told Joshua to pick one man from each of the tribes. That was significant because God wanted everyone to be included in remembering the miracle.
The twelve men would each take a stone and carry it with them to the place they were to camp that night. Their camp was going to be about three miles from the river. It was going to be obvious to anyone who saw the stones that someone had gone to great effort to compile this monument of river rocks.
Joshua explains the purpose to the leaders—so you can tell your children this was where God stopped the flow of the Jordan River so we could cross into the land.
Every generation needs to have some memorials to pass on to the next generation. We need to be sure to tell our stories—that is what a memorial is. It doesn’t have to be a stack of rocks. It is most often our stories. Stories of when we came to faith in Jesus. Stories of when God answered our prayers. Stories of that prayer time at camp when God showed up in your life.
If we have lived very long, we all have stories of how God worked in our lives. Stories that our children and grandchildren need to know. Stories that will allow them to have faith in their future.
Are you sharing your stories?
Holy Spirit, help me to be faithful to share Your stories from my life. Help me to tell them with clarity and frequency so they can be planted deep in my children and grandchildren.
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