Joshua 4: 1, 8-9 ; 20-24
20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’
Pondering on the account of the Israelites crossing the river of Jordan, the need to build a memorial (for the things God has done for us) becomes incumbent. This is important both to God, and ourselves.
In the case of the Israelites, they were asked to pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan river and set it up in their camp as a memorial of how God parted the Jordan river and they crossed on dry ground.
In our case today, setting up a memorial could be keeping a journal (or a catalogue) of the things God has done for us; or simply using objects to represent each victory or testimony God has given us. Each time we experience another victory, we add yet another object to the pile.
Building a memorial does two things: one – it glorifies God. Just like in verses 21-24, the memorial will either attract people’s attention, or arouse their curiosity; and this becomes another opportunity to testify to God’s miraculous deeds, and once again thank HIM for His goodness! Two – building a memorial will strengthen your faith; each time you read the catalogue of things you have written down, or encounter those objects being piled up, you are reminded of God’s goodness in time past; and HIS power available to us.
Ponder on specific things God has done for you, and build a memorial – this memorial will help your faith some other victories to win!