DECEMBER 11: TWELVE STONES

TWELVE STONES

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And command ye them, saying, Take ye hence out of the midst of Jordon, out of the place where the priest's feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.
... That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of the Jordon were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, when it passed over Jordon, the waters of the Jordon were cut off: and these stones shall be a memorial unto the children of Israel forever. And the children of Israel did so, as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordon, as the Lord spoke unto Joshua according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over unto the place wherein they lodged, and laid them down there. And Joshua stood up twelve stones in the midst of Jordon, in the place where the feet of the priests which bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there unto this day."
Joshua 4:3;6-9
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Today's Read: Joshua 3-4; Psalm 18
Joshua has been given the charge of leading God's people into the Promised Land.
Succeeding Moses as commander and leader of Israel, upon his death, God freshly appoints Joshua to take his place.
In a demonstration and early show of Joshua's ordained role of leadership and appointment;
And with a desire to display, yet again, His glorious goodness and grace, God miraculously divides and temporarily dries up the flow of the "brimming Jordon" in order that His people (the Israelites) can pass through on dry ground and begin the obtaining of the Promised Land.
My, what a wonder this must have been!
The visual reality of waters "heaped up" on either side of a million man march and tender "dry" mercies afforded to a sovereignly "elect" and chosen people is a marvel indeed worth reflection.
Small wonder that God didn't want His people to forget this "narrow passage" of His prevailing and preserving goodness at the entrance of this new journey into the place called  "home."
He commands that stones be erected in order to memorialize His presence in their midst in this place:
And twelve stones were set up in the Jordon and twelve stones were retrieved from the Jordon paying tribute to God's sufficient strength and power.
God's people were to see the stones and rehearse the "story of the stones" to future generations ... forever.
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Spiritual dementia sets in quickly and our proneness toward forgetfulness is nothing short of a wonder.
 As God's people were in the past so we are in the present.
I think it is imperative that we find concrete ways to visualize and rehearse the "acts and providences" of God in our everyday lives.
Stones are a marvelous selection since they cost nothing, are found most anywhere, and brodge us to the "altars" of our predecessors ... but anything can be chosen as a memorial.
Little trinkets and tender stones lie everywhere throughout our home in order to urge my mind toward a recollection of God's faithfulness where I am prone to forgetfulness.
It's really quite something to physically hold an object where God has showed HImself faithful in the past, to close the eyes, and rehearse the empowering memory of it.
The past faithfulness of God implores us to take small steps of obedience in our present ... and our faith moves progressively forward.
Mmmm ...
It's a wise thing to do,
A discipline worth developing,
A testimony worth rehearsing;
To set up monuments and memorials that link us to God's glory and His story in our lives.
Acts, aids, and visuals that underscore the glory of God ought to be placed everywhere in our lives in order to fixate and focus our minds on the eternal.
Begin a new memorial that marks "this" moment.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) After a "read" of today's scriptures, record one key reflection that meets you.
2) Hone in on "one" key moment where God has revealed Himself to you and rehearse it aloud to yourself and to another.
Then ask another individual to rehearse such a time to you.
You will be amazed at what this fosters in your development of faith.
3) Select an "object" of some kind that helps you to rehearse the faithfulness of God in your life and place it in a prominent visual place.