In recent months we have seen a lot of change. Would you agree? Some have even called for statues to be removed because of their connection to slavery and the Civil War. Some have seen this as a positive change and some have seen this as negative. All through history we have witnessed change. The purpose of this blog is not to attempt to resolve that debate over what statues should be moved or destroyed, but rather to use that visual to cause us to reflect on the importance of spiritual monuments in our life.
Joshua 4:1-8 describes the Israelites finally crossing the Jordan River and into the land of promise. This long-awaited day was highlighted by God instructing His people to take stones from the bed of the Jordan and erecting them to become a monument of standing stones. The purpose was for future generations to clearly know what God did on this day.
This imagery was intended to point back to God’s faithfulness so that for generations power could be found in the present to trust God. It becomes so easy to forget what God has done in the past, and how He has proven Himself faithful. The present circumstances can be so filled with doubt, uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and pain that we can be overwhelmed with the “now”.
In order for us to move into His “next” for us, we need to reflect on His goodness and faithfulness in the past to be able to better trust Him in the present. I’m not recommending that you build stone monuments at every point in your life. Perhaps it would be wise to pause and reflect on the past. Consider journaling those memories to serve as memoirs of God’s goodness.
The ultimate memoir of His goodness is His written Word which offers recorded reflections on the hope we have in Him. The same God who instructed Joshua to build a monument at the crossing of the Jordan is the same God who leads you today in 2020. You can trust Him!