Sunday September 13, 2015

Joshua 4:20-24  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 fathers,
‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23  For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up  before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”

Yesterday we talked about remembering the wonderful things that God has done in our  lives – the extraordinary things that stand out over the years.  I likened those events to quarry stones – massive and strong experiences that form a rock-solid foundation for our faith with Jesus the chief cornerstone.

Today’s verses underscore just how important it is to remember the wondrous things that our God does.  The children of Israel were to stack these 12 stones as a memorial, so they would never forget what the Lord had done.  Through His people, the Lord wanted the
people of the earth to know that the hand of the Lord was powerful.

The thing that is so amazing to me is that after Joshua and that whole generation died, “another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for  Israel.” (Judges 2:10)  Unfortunately, mankind has a problem with forgetfulness.

This really struck me when I was reading in one of my journals from years earlier.  I came upon a time with the Lord that was so significant and so special, that I wrote in my journal, “I will never forget this!”  Unfortunately, I had forgotten it – and wondered how many other things have I forgotten..

We need to share these experiences particularly with our family.  They affirm the greatness of our God and cultivate hearts of gratitude within us.  They also build the understanding in all of us that they are but a foretaste of the many experiences that the Lord has for us.  The best is yet to come.  Not just in eternity, but here and now.  God wants to show  Himself strong amongst His people – so that the world will know!

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Four years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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