“So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”-Joshua 4:4-7
Life is a journey full of valleys, mountaintop and moments in between that cause everything from joy to grief. We can become so focused on our journey that we forget to celebrate and remember our victories. In today’s reading, the Israelites crossed the Jordan River led by God who used Joshua as his vessel. You can read the details in Joshua 3 by clicking here. In Joshua 4, the children of Israel had completed crossing the Jordan River and Joshua had gathered everyone together to pick up stones. The stones were a symbol of crossing the Jordan River and would be a memorial for many generations to come.
I would encourage you to take a moment to pause to remember your victories. Let’s start with some things we take for granted. We can talk to God through prayer and know he has heard us. We depend on God for our next breath and heartbeat. That is a miracle. The activity of our limbs and the function of our brain and entire body is only because of God. An alarm clock did not wake us up this morning. God woke us today.
We may have eaten a meal, drank a hot or cold beverage, driven a car, went to a job or opened our business, prepared a meal for a mate or/and children or other loved ones today. We used a phone or another device to communicate with someone who loved us. We listened to music and more. All of us have experienced victories in our lives daily. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.“
Let us pause for a moment and think of those victories that cannot be described. The moment where your sleepless nights, anxious mind and weary soul received victory. It may be the day you became a Christian, a reversed medical report, an unexpected promotion, signing your first major contract, falling in love for the first time, closing in on a new house, walking in your gift, the birth of your child, and so on. Think of the emotions that you had when realization set in about the victory? It is okay to take a moment to pause and reflect on your victories. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Photo by Milly Eaton on Pexels.com
Last weekend, I completed a tough workout. After that workout, I took a moment to praise God. I remember not even a year ago when a workout like this would have frightened me. My workouts used to own me but thanks be to God I now own them. My workouts have increased in difficulty but now I remember I am a child of God. My perspective and attitude changed during my workouts and for that I am thankful. We are children of God. We are victorious. We can celebrate right now. Let us take a moment and pause to thank God for our victories. Also, let us take a moment to remember our victories. 1 Chronicles 16: 8 says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.”