-By Grace Nesaraj
Have you noticed pairs in the Bible? Mercy and Truth, Mercy and Grace, Righteousness and truth, blessing and honour, grace and truth… and so on. Today let us meditate on this pair of action-words – Remember, Give-Thanks.
Isn’t it true? You can be thankful, only if you remember. That is why the Psalmist says “Bless (Thank) the Lord, O my soul… and forget not all His benefits” – Ps. 103:2. And today, I want to share something from the life of Joshua, as he and the children of Israel crossed the Jordan. Here were the people waiting to cross over to the Promised Land – a land flowing with milk and honey. And before them is the river Jordan, OVERFLOWING all its banks, because it was the time of harvest. We read about this in Joshua 3:15. A most significant event happens there!
As soon as the feet of the priests holding the Ark of the Covenant touched the river Jordan, the waters were cut-off and stood in a heap far away from them. They all cross-over safely – the twelve tribes- men, women and children.
Now it was time for symbols, that generations coming after them too will remember and give thanks. So, as God instructed, Joshua sends 12 men-one from each tribe, to enter the dried-up Jordan, where the priests were still standing, and to take out 12 large stones (on their shoulders) and bring them to their tents. This was specifically done, that when the children to come ASK what these stones meant, they should REPLY that it was when God cut-off the waters of Jordan for them to cross over.
Have you ever asked what this meant or what that meant, anytime in your home? I know in your teens, it is difficult. But you know, little children WILL ask questions. God is counting on that, and then you can remind them of God’s goodness.
Have you kept symbols for you to remember the goodness of the Lord, in your own lives? Because if you are reminded, you will remember; and it will become just a matter of habit to give thanks to the Lord.
Peter too writes to the believers in 2 Peter 1: 12-15
“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, … to stir you up by reminding you… I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things….”
So we are reminding each one of you today to briefly turn back and remember of God’s goodness in your life. Just as the priests stood in the midst of Jordan, our heavenly High Priest Jesus, stands with us in the midst of our problems. He Himself has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Therefore, we can have sure confidence through our trials, and praise on our lips, as we cross through.
In some cases, each one of you would have been a priest holding up the presence of God in situations in your home – maybe some sickness, some tests. As the Bible calls each one of us, believers in Christ Jesus, as a holy nation and a royal priest hood. Even then, you can write it down in your diary, or store it in your mobiles, post it in Facebook; that you may have a reminder of the things that God has done for you.
Be blessed in Jesus. Amen.