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How far can you carry a boulder? That depends on how big the bolder is, right? How far can you carry a 50 pound rock? I doubt I’d get much further than a city block, if that! In Joshua 4:4-7, men were asked to carry large rocks. Listen to what it says, ‘So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”’ (NIV)
These men hoisted a rock on their shoulder and carried it until they made camp for the night. The stones were then piled up to form a memorial. It was a reminder of the miracle God performed by parting the waters of the flooded Jordan River. A miracle God performed for his people.
We all need to stop and remember God’s work for us. Take a moment today to look back on your life and remember something God has done for you.
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