Memorial StonesSeptember 9, 2013
God told the people of Israel to gather twelve stones as a memorial to remind themselves and future generations of God’s faithfulness—not to longingly look back at the “good old days,” but to use them as a point of reference: The God of my father and mother is my God. The God who helped Moses at the Red Sea is still faithful today.
These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. In the future your children will ask, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground”. . . He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:7-24
When I talk to young people who were born after the start of our church or after the flood of ’93 or after 9/11, I’m required to communicate, without embellishment, what happened and how hard it was, but also to point out how God brought us through and how God brought change. Even markers of devastation can be turned into statements of overcoming when we look at our lives, remember those parts that the devil tried to destroy, and then use them to bring healing to others.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
God is faithful,
Note: Make a list of your own Memorial Stones. Itemize five things that God has brought you through.
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