“When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,“Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”, (Joshua 4: 1-3, NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”, (Psalm 147:3, NLT)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”, (Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT)
God, being a loving Father, always thinks of the big picture. In the Joshua 4 scripture above, He commanded that they stack the stones as a reminder of the miracles they had personally witnessed and experienced.
As you see God bring healing to the areas you release to Him, those markers (cairns) will become your reminder of God’s miracle workings in your life… but it doesn’t stop there! Your steps of faith, obedience, and trust will affect future generations.
“Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea[c] when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:21-24, NLT)
There are always people watching to see how we will live out our faith. As a parent, our children are our most diligent observers. When we lay down our stones of pain and offense, we are showing our children how to trust Jesus with their own stones.
Believing with you today that we each have the courage to lay more stones at His feet.
Dear Lord, Help me remember the miracles you have worked in my life in the past. Open my heart to use those as encouragement to trust you with more. I trust you with my wounds today and ask you to reveal yourself to me as healer of my broken heart. As I learn to lay my stones down, let my faith and trust in you be a marker showing my children the way to you. In Jesus name I pray~ Amen
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