The Israelites stood at the bank of the Jordan River, finally being able to see God’s fulfillment of His promise. For years, He had promised to lead them to the Promised Land, and now they were finally standing at the banks, ready to cross over to claim their land. What a climactic moment as God’s people stepped through the waters and onto sacred land.
After they crossed the river, Joshua told the people, “Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder…to serve as a sign among you. (Joshua 4:5 NIV) In order to remember all that God had done for them, the Israelites picked up stones from the river bed and set them up as a memorial. What had been stepping stones became memorial stones.
As we enter a new year, we too are crossing a river and entering into a new dimension of God’s promises. With every New Year, we begin a new stage in our spiritual journey. As this year ends, look back at the rivers that you’ve crossed; the struggles, victories, and experiences of this past year.
What has God done for you? How has He drawn you closer to Him? What are some of your spiritual mile markers? All of these memories are stones in the river that you have crossed, and they testify to the faithfulness and greatness of God. These stepping stones have now become memorial stones.
May we never forget what God has done for each of us.
Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.
Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)