When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 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, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 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.”
Joshua followed God’s direction in asking twelve men, one from each tribe of Israel, to gather up a stone from the middle of the Jordan riverbed, right where the priests stood with the Ark of the covenant, holding back the waters to make dry land. They were to set the stones at the edge of the river, as a perpetual reminder of what the Lord has done.
Never forget. Never forget the goodness of the Lord. Never forget what it means to have to Lord lead you and keep you safe. To forget is to presume we are in charge, rather than God. To forget is to stray into sin and put other things ahead of God.
The people of Israel set up stones as a reminder of the power of God delivering them and fulfilling God’s promises. What can help us remember God’s goodness? What can become as a stone for us? Can reading God’s word daily be our rock, our reminder? May we never forget all that God has done for us!
Day by day, Lord, you give us opportunities to praise you and glorify your name. You lead us well as we choose to follow in your pathways. Lord, sometimes our memory can fail us. Sometimes we forget all you have done. We see only a rock, not a reminder of your goodness. Forgive us, Lord. Make us strong in you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.