Joshua 4:1-9(NIV)

1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight. 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’  7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” 8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.   

Malachi 3:16 (NIV)

16 Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.   

DEVOTION – Thomas Buice (Tennessee)

We keep a little bowl of rocks on our front porch.  These chunks of gravel and flint are nothing special.  But to my young grandson, these rocks were dinosaur bones.  And our yard was full of these treasures.  So we leave the “dinosaur bones” on our porch to remind us of that special little boy with the vivid imagination.

Israel was told to take stones from the middle od the Jordan and set them on the banks of the river as a reminder of their safe passage across the river.  Like the Israelites, we can find hope and comfort  in remembering God’s watchful care when we face difficult circumstances.

As I remember God’s faithfulness, I know that God remembers me and writes my name in a special book of remembrance (Mal. 3:16).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will remember God’s mercy and faithfulness.

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for so many reminders of your love for us, as we pray.  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: GRANDPARENTS SHARING THEIR TESTIMONY

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