I’m standing in a desert watching a man stacking stones, placing one atop another until he had a respectable looking pillar of stone, I ask “what’s it for?” He turned and said “remember”.
Joshua 4:7 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.” 8 Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the LORD spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the lodging place and put them down there.…
We honor people with memorials, we dedicate parks, buildings and books in remembrance of some service or deed.
In the bible they set up and dedicated memorials to remind themselves of what God had done in their lives.
When was the last time you purposefully dedicated something to God in remembrance of what He has done for you?
I have been thinking lately about the statement “God wants to be with us”
Yes He does want to,
Take out “wants to be” though and you have “God with us” it’s how they viewed God in the bible as ever present in their lives.
I forget that sometimes…
He wants us to remember that He IS with us not “wants to be”
I worship, I praise I give thanks but what have I dedicated in remembrance?
Psalm 111: He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
Remember God He hasn’t ever forgotten you…