Saturday, May 11, 2013

God's Faithfulness In The Past

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. (Joshua 4:24)

  • Our photos and mementos represent the past.
  • But those reminders of people, places, and events may serve some purpose beyond nostalgia.
  • We need to discover the value of those items for today and tomorrow.
  • When God’s people crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, He told their leader Joshua to choose 12 men, have each one take a stone from the middle of the river, and carry it to their campsite that night (Josh. 4:1-5).
  • Joshua set up the stones as a memorial so that when future generations asked, “What do these stones mean to you?”, they could tell them about God’s faithfulness in holding back the water while they crossed (Josh. 4:6-7).
  • As followers of Christ, it’s good for us to have tangible evidence of God’s help in the past.
  • Those mementos remind us that His faithfulness continues today, and we can follow Him confidently into the future.
  • Our “stones” may also help others know that God’s hand is mighty, as they encourage us to fear the Lord our God forever (Josh. 4:24).
  • The memories of what God has done for us can become building blocks for today and tomorrow.
  • Precious memories of yesterday can strengthen our faith today and tomorrow.

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