And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. — Joshua 4:21 & 22
Life is an amazing thing and it certainly leaves us with a lot of fond memories. I remember as I was growing up, I would often ask my parents “what does that mean?” They would explain the meaning as I continued to learn and grow. Many of those things I still think about to this day.
Now, I find myself doing the same thing with my son. He will ask me a question about something and I try my best to explain it to him so that he can understand and remember. Sometimes he will repeat my explanation back to me for several weeks because he remembers what I said and it meant something to him.
In our scripture, we read Joshua set up twelve stones. He told the people that there would be a time that the children would ask what the stones meant. It was a memorial so that the parents could tell the children about how great God was and how he brought them over the Jordan River on dry ground. Those were kids that were not going to have experienced it firsthand. It was important that they knew how great God was.
In years past, people across our nation used to share how great God was. We used to focus on how His hand was at work and doing things. Now, we see those stories seem to be going away. It is important that we share with others the work of God and these memories as Joshua spoke of. People remember the things that we say and the things that we do long after our passing from this world.
There are several challenges that we can take and apply. What type of memories are we creating in this world? Are they memories that will point others to how great our God is? It is important that we make these types of memories. More than that, it is important that we share these memories. If we keep them to ourselves, they will pass away with our death. We need to set up some memorials in our lives so that others ask us what they mean. It’s a perfect chance to share how great God is and tell about all His wonderful works in our lives.