Remembering

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 4:15-24

 

 And the LORD said to Joshua,

 “Command the priests bearing the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan.”

 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

 And when the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD came up from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up on dry ground, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks, as before.

 The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.

 And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.

 And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’

 then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’

 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,

 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.”

 

Remembering was counted important enough to remove stones from the riverbed, no easy task. Remembering is for future generations to know who God is and what He can do. Remembering is promised by Jesus when he says the Holy Spirit will remind us of what has been said. Jesus said to remember his spilled blood and sacrificed flesh with the act of communion, remembering always what God has done for us. When we face trials, hard times we can find hope and strength in remembering what God has already done for us. It is good to remember that He goes before us. He keeps us and provides what we need. Remembering helps keep the joy and peace He gives. It is good to replace the feelings of stress and hurts with His joy and peace.

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