Monday, September 4 – Joshua 4:4-7

Sep 3, 2023

So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; and Joshua said to them, “Cross again to the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. This shall be a sign among you; when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘That the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”

 

We receive special things from the generations before us—a grandfather’s desk, a great aunt’s tea kettle, or something else passed along that may seem ordinary to many but has extraordinary significance for us. These items often hold sentimental value because they symbolize the family we came from. It is particularly special when the items represent a value we share. There would be added value if that desk was one that your grandfather built or that tea kettle served tea at many family gatherings. Likewise, the stones of Israel were more than just a memento from the journey—they were a symbolic reminder for the new generation to learn from and the older generation to share.

 

God has given each of us a story to share. We have the testimony of how we came to know Him, testimonies of how He has been near to us during tough times, wisdom we have learned from following Him, and so much more. It is easy to tell the stories of our lives with a focus on us. We share about the things that have happened to us and how we have overcome, but there is more power in making much of who God is and what He has done. When we share about God and what He has done in our lives, we share a testimony of eternal value. As with the Israelites, we are to share His goodness with the next generation so that they may hope in Him as well.

 

  • Who is a believer from the generation before you that has taught you the value of following Jesus?
  • What are some physical reminders you have from a time God was with you in a hard season?
  • Pray and thank God for the faith of those who have gone before you. Ask Him to lead you to pass on your faith to those who follow you as well.
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