40 Days of Stones

Joshua 4:5-7

…and Joshua said to them, “Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”…
God tells his children to use a pile of stones as visual evidence to remind them and future generations of His might, His mercy, His deliverance and His presence in their life.  God used stone tablets to write His law for Holy living. God gave David a stone to slay a giant.  God used an illustration of a foundational building stone to reference the place His son Jesus would take in his plan of redemption.   God used a stone to seal the grave of his one an only son and then rolled it away three days later, forever reminding us of His power over death.  Rocks and Stones have been used for centuries as memorials to someone or something.  This has been initiated by God because He knows how forgetful we are.

As Jesus sat in an upper room with his disciples, he makes an association that remembers the past and points to the present and makes a way for the future as he pours wine and breaks bread and says, ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’ And the man who does this to remember me is the rock that the pile has been building toward.

Living Stones.  As we believe in Christ, we are filled with the power of Christ to remind others there is a way back to God, there is a way to healing, there is a way to redemption.  

Tough times will make it easy to forget all that God has done in your life.  Over the next 40 Days I will go on a journey of remembrance and share 40 stones. I have no doubt there are 40 but have no idea what they will all be.  Until I am perfected by Christ, in my humanness, I will forget.  Like everyone else, I will get bogged down by life and struggle.  But God says remember because He knows when we remind ourselves of where He has been and all He has done, it helps us see all He is STILL doing and gives hope for all He WILL do.  God is still in control.  Christ is still on the throne.  Time to remember again.

Over the next 40 days, I will let God draw out His witness in my life through my stones of remembrance.  Hope is on it’s way.

“On Christ the solid ROCK I stand….my HOPE is build on nothing less..”      Edward Mote

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