And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over the Jordan on dry land. Joshua 4:20-22
In this passage God had just done another amazing work by stopping the Jordan River from flowing in order for the Hebrews to enter the promise land. In order to commemorate this, the priest took twelve stones and set them up in Gilgal. The purpose was to serve as a reminder of God’s work for them.
Memory is an important aspect of being a child of God. Every time the Israelites forgot their God and what he had done, they ended up in trouble. The Egyptians forgot about what God had done for them through Joseph, and because of this they began to oppress the Hebrews, which brought them many plagues.
Much of the stagnate state of many Christian lives, is a result of forgetfulness. Remember, what it was like when you first believed. Remember the hopeless state you were in before he forgave you. Remember the mission of every Christian. We were not saved simply to live peaceful suburban lives, but to glorify God by bringing Christ to the world and to tear down the strongholds of the prince and power of the air. Remember His law. Do not forget the daily violations we commit without thought. Recall, what he has commanded and let those words abide in you.
Remember that when God is for you, who can be against you. Think of Joshua who conquered the land that God had given them, because God was his strength. Remember that as the church we have been called to conquer the gates of hell, for they cannot prevail against us. Remember to march, remember to stand, remember to fight, and remember to love.
Look to the memorial stones and be awakened. Remember his Word, it sits waiting to be read. Remember prayer, the throne of Grace is at your feet. Remember worship, for He is worthy. And remember life will soon be over, so redeem the time, for tomorrow is promised to no one.
Because of Christ,