Joshua 4:6 “That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?”
There are many milestones in a person’s life.
Their first words, first steps, haircut, and so on until it becomes normal like everyone else.
The day one gets saved is significant.
I can take you to a place of employment where on June 18th, 1990, I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior kneeling underneath some bushes just outside an entrance door.
During my workday, I would pass that spot and thank God for saving me. Not long after, our company expanded, and those bushes were removed for larger manufacturing space. I wanted to take a permanent marker and place a circle and write, “This is the place Paul Treloar was saved June 18th, 1990.”
Though I thought it inappropriate at the time, I had numerous occasions when I would kneel there and praise God for saving my wretched soul.
A church in Hammond, IN, is where I answered God’s call for me to become a preacher of the gospel. I can take you to the pew and the place at the altar where I knelt, and the peace of God came over me like a flood.
We have an upper bedroom that used to be my office where I would do my devotions. It was in that room that the power unusually came upon me. I have never been the same since.
Each of these places is sacred to me.
We should have those places in our life that are sacred to us. Places where God met with us, answered prayer, or miraculously revealed Himself.
Some of those events are singular, not shared with another living soul. Others occurred during a meeting where there were many people, yet we felt like the only one in the room.
But, do we tell our children?
Are we freely sharing the milestones in our life to point the way for others?
Or has the time and place become commonplace?
Have things changed so drastically that the place and memory have lost their significance?
Joshua wanted the Israelite people to remember what God had done for them. The pile of stones would be a landmark to all passing by to remind them of the deliverance God gave after they had wandered in the wilderness.
God performed a miracle that day. As the men gathered stones, Joshua spoke of them crossing Jordan on dry land. As soon as the feet of those carrying the ark touched the shore, the waters receded. Then, once they reached the other side, the waters flowed back, and the river ambled freely.
Joshua 4:18 “And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.”
Our day of salvation is a notable miracle. We should regularly take time to stop and thank and praise God for His marvelous grace and mercy toward us.
Some have heard the call of God in their life. Some of you have answered, while others run from it. It is a privilege to be asked by Almighty God to answer a special calling or ministry for Him.
To be able to give back for what we have received only seems right!
For all that we have been given, it just seems like a decent thing to do.
If God is calling you, answer the call. Satan wants you to fear and think you must do it in your own power. But, what God calls you to do, He enables you through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pick up. Don’t let it go to voicemail. Remember, it is God calling you.