Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Parting the Waters - Part Two

Focus verses: Joshua 4:19-24

God seems to be in the business of parting the waters for Israel. This time, it's the Jordan. In obedience to God's command, the Ark of the Covenant went before Israel and the priests who carried it stood in the middle of the dry river till all of Israel had passed over. But twelve men were commanded to pick up stones from the place where the priests stood and carry them over as well.

Then Joshua erected a memorial of the stones at Gilgal.

God's in the business of making a way for His people. And His people respond to God's gracious provision -- by forgetting. How often do we forget the provision of the Lord?

God parted the waters of the sea before the Israelites and closed them over the pursuing Egyptians. And the children of Israel built a golden calf. This time God tells them to erect the memorial so they remember and tell their children.

The moment another need comes along we seem to forget God's past provision and wallow in the fear of "what if". We need to set up memorial stones in our lives to recall God's grace and mercy toward us. Reciting these past events will help us get through the current crisis.

Remember the Lord, to make Him first in your life.

Father, God,

Keep us ever mindful of Your presence in our world. Nudge us when we forget your past mercies and sink into despair over circumstances. Help us to set up memorials in our lives.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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