A Memorial

Joshua 4: 20 - 24 And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. 21 And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, 24 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

If you don't know the story, the Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land for the first time.  One problem, the Jordan River is in flood stage, and they cannot cross.  So God instructs Joshua to take the Ark of the Covenant and march into the river.  When the sandals of the priests carrying the Ark touched the water, the river stopped flowing.  This allowed the people to cross the river bed.  

God then instructed Joshua to pick 12 stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel and set up a memorial altar to Him.  

As we enter this Memorial Day Weekend, we take the time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom and protection.  It is good that we have this day and that we remember. 

What kind of memorials are you building? 
How are people going to remember you? 

What do your actions say about your friendships and family? 
What have you done to convince people that you are a person of faith? 
Has your life positively impacted others? 
Do people cringe when they hear the mention of your name? 

Your relationships build a memorial unto God.  People will remember you for how you treated them and how you loved them.  Create lasting memorials that put others ahead of yourself, and you will be remembered for a long, long time. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to build a memorial that honors You above all else.  AMEN  

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