The other day I was sitting on the floor, it was time to take a break and survey the moving day chaos so I could plan my next mode of attack. As I sat there though, surrounded by boxes, furniture and a mish mash of construction material I was reminded of other times I've sat on floors packing or unpacking various articles of our lives. While moves are not what I would say is a favorite pastime of mine, it gives me an opportunity; I have a chance to look back on each place I've been and remember all of the wonderful ways The Lord has proven Himself faithful to me over and over again.
Remembering His Faithfulness
The people of Israel had a similar opportunity; there they stood on the bank of the Jordon river, watching as a man from each tribe carried a large stone from the river bed and set it up as a monument in the place where they were staying, Why? Why would they take the trouble? We see in Joshua 4:20-24; "And those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal Then he spoke to the children of Israel, saying: "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?' "then you shall let your children know, saying, 'Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land'; "for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, "that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever."
It was for a simple reason that they set up those stones; to remember what God had done. You would think it would be a hard thing to forget when God caused a river to stop flowing, especially during its high season, but before we cast stones of judgment at the children of Israel we should take a moment to think about the last time we remembered all The Lord has done for us. Over and over again He proves Himself faithful, He works on our behalf, and He wants us to remember, to base our faith, and our lives' choices on the simple truth that in all things our God is good, and He never fails those who have set their trust in Him. May we have our own monuments of remembrance to look back on, to point at and explain to those we love of the wonderful faithfulness of our God.