“And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.
And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which He dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.”
It is one of the most often repeated commands in the Old Testament. Maybe that’s because the number one mistake parents made in the Old Testament was not passing along their faith to their kids. When the children weren’t told of His miraculous works, they lost their wonder for God ….
Of these “silent” parents, among the worst offenders were the ones rescued out of Egypt. These people had seen a lot. They had seen the raising up of Moses as a leader. They had seen the ten plagues. They had seen the release of two million slaves. They had seen the parting of the Red Sea. They had seen the fire by night and the cloud by day leading and guiding them. They had seen manna fall down from heaven. Wouldn’t you think the family dinner times would be filled with stories that began, “Remember the time when God..…”??
Why did the miracles slide from their memories? (Psalm 78:40–42) recounts their lack of faith in one long, frustrating list…. “How oft did they provoke Him in the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not His hand, nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy.” We see that (v. 32) sums it up, “For all this they sinned still, and believed not for His wondrous works.” That’s the problem, right there. They didn’t trust God because they didn’t remember His faithfulness. “They remembered not His hand” ….. In a nutshell, they forgot the wondrous things He had done for them..
Yet, someone turned the trend. After that entire, forgetful, unbelieving generation had dropped dead in the wilderness, a new generation stood on the riverbank that bordered the Promised Land. Once again, God parted the waters and provided a miraculous crossing, yet this time the new generation made a plan to remember. They believed God. Read the Scripture passage above to get the full story …
Now, maybe God hasn’t won any fierce military battles for us or led us by fire or fed us with mystery bread from the skies; but He’s done some great and amazing things for you and me, beginning with our beautiful gift of salvation.
And He does a thousand things and more each day for us and we might be aware of one, and yet, do we thank Him everyday? Do we remember how far He has brought us.
Yet, do we remember the independence that was given us first by Him when He brought us out of the darkness and gave us our freedom from the curse of sin and death? Do we understand the liberty given us through the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and the power and authority given to cast out demons, heal the sick, and trample the enemy under our feet? This is where our our liberty is found. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
(2 Corinthians 3:17)
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
Please don’t forget these miracles. Don’t forget the cross and the sacrifice made there at Calvary for you; that true freedom is found in which your chains of bondage were broken.
More importantly, tell your stories to the next generation so they’ll know how faithful God is and that He can be trusted. If you will remember God’s faithfulness ~ your faithfulness will endure ….
In closing, what are your stories about God’s faithful work in your life? Do you have your own “stones of remembrance,” and who will you share them with? Will you honor Him today as you partake in your rituals of independence day and feast on your hotdogs burgers and potato salad? Will you remember that your true independence and freedom comes from Him? Seek the Lord while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6), and the indwelling of the Holy Ghost and His power that you may know and understand the true meaning of freedom, of liberty, of life, love, and true happiness …..
Glory to God! May He be praised forever ….
“I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” (Psalm 77:11-12)
Let us pray ~
Lord, I remember all that You have done for me! How amazing You are! Truly, You are a faithful God; full of patience and mercy. Help me to live gratefully each day remaining in awe of Your wonders and the miracles that You have wrought in my life. Please help me to honor You and encourage the younger generations and those following behind me by sharing these stories of Your wondrous works and goodness, and by the word of my testimony may I be a witness to Your faithfulness and grace. Guide my steps and give me an obedient heart. I thank You for my Independence in that You set me free from the curse of death and the bondage of sin and darkness by Your giving of Yourself freely for me. I will remember the true meaning of independence day for me and I will thank You everyday, and not just once a year. I thankfully pray in Jesus name, Amen.
God is with us ….