Remember to Remember
Loving Lord God, I know that You are above me, around me and within me. I praise Your holy name.
Read Joshua 4:1–9
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“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psa. 78:4).
Above the exit of a store in Barnsley, a town in the South Yorkshire district of England, is an inconspicuous sign. It simply states that Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship), had been born in a shop which formerly stood on that site. In an interesting footnote, local Christians have recently created a heritage trail for visiting Chinese Christians who want to know about Taylor’s roots! The point is, without memorials and reminders we will soon forget. That’s why God instructed the Israelites to collect twelve stones from the river (3) as a reminder to future generations. They were to be erected on dry land so that anyone seeing them would be reminded of these events.
This wasn’t just a reminder of an interesting fact, it was a celebration of what God had done. Memorials are significant in the Scriptures. Sometimes they took the form of ceremonies such as when the Israelites ate unleavened bread for seven days (Exod. 13:3–6) and in the New Testament the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:26). Others, like this one, were physical memorials
which would be seen by future generations (1 Sam. 7:12). But a significant dimension was that they were ways of prompting the questions of their children (6), as with the Passover (Exod. 12:26,27) and even the laws given by God (Deut. 6:20–25). “Any society that hopes to endure must become, as sociologists put it, a community of memory and hope” (Bruce Waltke).
What “Jordan-like” experience in your life might well be “memorialized” to share with others?
Heavenly Father, I thank You for significant experiences in my life-journey with You. May they translate into hope for me as I face the future.