and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” – Joshua 4:3 (ESV)
Throughout the Bible, God would have people do certain things to help them remember something He did for them. In today’s verse, we see God encouraging Israel to set up stones to help them remember how God helped them cross the river. God did this so they wouldn’t easily forget what He had done in their lives.
For us, it’s easy to forget the goodness of God too. We face a new problem, and it makes us forget the good things God has done for us in the past. In the Old Testament, they often would build a memorial. Today, your mom might not be too happy with you building a huge tower in your backyard. However, there are things we can do to remember without building something.
One easy thing to do is to put it on your phone. Maybe you got saved and know the date you made that decision. Put it in your phone and set your phone to alert you every year on that date. When the reminder goes off on your phone, you get a chance to remember what God did for you.
If you don’t have a phone, start a journal. Write down the things God is speaking to you. Then take some time every once in a while to go back and read what you wrote previously. You’ll be amazed at all the things you can see that God has done in your life up to this point.
Whatever you do, make sure that you’re marking the things God has done for you. It’s so easy to get busy and forget that God has been moving in your life. Make a habit of marking down what God has done in your life and then spending time thanking Him for His goodness to you.