Strong and Courageous | Day Five
By: Kate Downing
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Are you the kind of girl who wears camp or concert bracelet for weeks after an event? It’s funny how a paper or plastic band soon becomes a memorial to an event itself. I’ve seen girls with bracelets stacked high on their wrists for months, refusing to take them off because they hold such sweet memories!
Joshua chapter four is where we will camp out today. This chapter takes a slight break from the intrigue and suspense of the surrounding chapters. It is the recounting of Israel’s steps to memorialize what God had done for them at the Jordan River. Think of the stones will read about today as event bracelets. Just as the bracelets serve as a reminder of the incredible time you had at the concert, the stones served as a reminder of the miracle of crossing the Jordan.
As always, let’s begin with prayer:
· Praise God for the privilege of reading and studying His Word.
· Ask Him to help you be focused on Him alone during this time.
· Ask Him to remind you of the times He has done incredible works in your life.
We’ll read all of chapter 4 first and then go back and dig into specific verses.
Read Joshua 4. What is this chapter about?
The people of Israel had now crossed over the Jordan River. Two and a half of the twelve tribes that made up the people of Israel remained on the opposite side of the Jordan since that land had been promised to them specifically. These tribes sent some of their men to help fight in the battles that were to come (vs. 12). We’ll talk about why this is significant in the days to come! For now, let’s jump back into the first few verses.
Read Joshua 4:1-7 again.
What instructions did God give Joshua (vs. 2-3) and Joshua then gave the men of Israel (4-6)?
Google the definition of the word “memorialize” and write it down.
What question were the stones meant to stir up (vs. 6)?
What were the stones meant to memorialize (vs. 6-7)?
Read Joshua 4:19-24 again.
Again, it is mentioned that the stones were meant to stir up a question. What question is it (vs. 21)?
What answer does Joshua instruct the people to give (vs. 22-23)?
Verses 6-7 and 22-23 give us the physical miracle the stones were meant to memorialize, but verse 24 tells us the spiritual significance of these stones.
Re-read verse 24 and write it down in your own words.
God had worked an incredible miracle at the Jordan River in order to prove His power and His provision for the people of Israel. He was demonstrating for them that nothing was impossible for Him. And, He was demonstrating to the rest of the world that He was in fact the one, true God. The stones were meant to be a memorial to His power and His faithfulness. As Joshua and the people of Israel acted in strength and courage, the stones were meant to remind them in whose strength they were called to trust and obey.
You probably don’t have a stack of stones sitting in your bedroom or your back yard as a memorial to what God has done in your life, and that’s ok! We aren’t being called to start hauling around rocks. But, the lesson we can learn from this chapter is the importance of remembering and memorializing what God has done in our lives.
In 1 Peter 2:5, we are called “living stones.” We are living breathing memorials to who God is and what He has done in our lives. Just as the twelve stones of Joshua 4 were meant to stir up questions about God and to memorialize His power and faithfulness, we are meant to do the same.
When other people look at your strength and courage, are they stirred to ask questions about God?
How can you through your words and actions live as a memorial (testimony) of the power and faithfulness of God?
Write down three specific ways you can be a living memorial stone today.
Ask the Lord to help you accomplish these three things for His honor today. Complete this sentence and write it down in your notes or on your phone:
Today, God taught me _________________________________________.