Today is a reflection day.
In Joshua there is a repeating theme. In Chapter 3, upon crossing the Jordan, the Israelites set up pillars of stones to commemorate the event. After the lands are assigned to each of the tribes, the trans-Jordan tribes set up a memorial altar – to be a “witness” and reminder that they worship the same God as their kin across the river to the west (ch 22). And, after the covenant promise of the people to follow the Lord is affirmed, we find these words:
And he took a large stone and set it up there under the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.” (Joshua 24:26-27)
We would do well to take the time and effort to make monuments to the events in our lives where we see God at work. Think back over your life with the Lord – there are marvelous moments, answers to prayer, mighty things He has done. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to walk past a stone and be reminded and tell someone, “That stone is there because we serve an awesome God. Let me tell you about Him…”?
in Him, Mike