The New Year is a great time of looking ahead as to what the Lord might have in store for 2013, as well as reflecting on what you have seen Him do in and through you in 2012. I Chron. 16:12a states, “Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and judgments from His mouth.”
Remembering what the Lord has done for us in the past is a critical part of our walk moving forward with Him. Jesus on the very last night of His earthly life in the Upper Room took bread and wine and told His disciples to eat and drink all of it “in remembrance of Him.” – I Cor. 11: 23-25. The reason that the Lord told us to remember what He has done for us, is that as time passes we tend to forget. Remembering what the lord has done in the past will give us wisdom, courage, and guidance in how we should proceed in our current day to day walk with Him.
In Josh. 4: 1-9 is the story of Israel crossing the Jordan and entering into the Promised Land. Once the crossing is completed Joshua instructs 12 men to carry stones from where the priests stood in the middle of the Jordan to the bank where they were lodging and set up a monument there. He also had them take stones from the bank of the river where they crossed and place them in the middle of the Jordan where the priests stood. Joshua stated, “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 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.” Josh. 4: 6, 7.
What “Stones of Remembrance” do you want to place in your heart and mind for 2012. What people, places, or events do you want to stand in your memory of what the Lord did in your life? I have taken a small stone and placed it in the drawer of my desk, that when I open the drawer I see the stone and begin to remember what all the Lord has done for me directly and through His people. A Rock of Remembrance – Thank you each one for being a part of my remembrances for 2012.