In response to God’s command to him, Joshua told the Israelites to gather up so-called “memorial stones” so the Israelites and future generations would remember the miracle God performed for them concerning the Jordan river. Beautiful, but also tragic. Beautiful to have a memorial to commemorate God’s immeasurable goodness and to remind us to be ever thankful to Him. But also tragic that we don’t continually remember on our own all of His blessedness and blessings, continually praise and thank Him for all He has done and is doing and will do, and continually tell others including future generations of His awesomeness.
Do you have any “memorial stones” in your life? Photographs? A journal? Video? Scrapbooks? Stones you paint upon each one signifying a blessing God has given you? A charm bracelet with little hearts celebrating every child and grandchild God has given you? A really good memory? A true dedication to meditating on His goodness and thanking Him continually for it? However the Lord may lead you, may you be truly committed to thinking about God’s goodness and to offering Him ongoing Thanksgiving! And may you tell others on a regular basis of God’s wonderfulness!
“And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” Joshua 4:5-7 KJV