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Focus Verses: Joshua 4:20-22,24
20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?' 22 tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.' - - - 24 He
did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand
of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your
the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, they took common rocks from
the middle of the river and turned them into a memorial witness of
their uncommon God. In the future, every time someone saw that pile of
twelve stones, it would remind them of the powerful way God showed
himself to be their provider.
The same God who had
brought them out of Egypt, safely through the Red Sea, and safely
through the wilderness, now brought them safely across the Jordan into
the Land of Promise. Ordinary stones from the river became milestones of
their journey—a memorial of God's faithfulness to them.
Response and Action:Common
things can serve as wonderful faith souvenirs that remind me of God's
goodness and provision. In communion, common bread and wine become a
witness of God's grace and deliverance made possible by Christ's death
and resurrection. In baptism, common water becomes a witness of the new
life God offers to all who confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
is God bringing me through today? What common thing could I pick up
today and turn it into a witness and reminder of God's faithfulness to
God, you are worthy of my praise and thanks. You guide and provide for
your people as they follow you in faith. Open my eyes to all the common
things around me that can serve as reminders of your uncommon power and
goodness to me. Give me the creativity and discipline to gather small
souvenirs along my life's journey to serve as witnesses of your love and
mercy to me. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Luke 22:19
he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
"This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts
by Harold Best