Stones to Remember

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When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’

Joshua4:6


Children have a knack for asking questions about everything. In Joshua’s day, he had the Israelites set up stones to represent each tribe with the expectation that the children will ask, “What do those stones mean to you?” The parents were to answer with the stories of God’s faithfulness so that it would pass from one generation to the next. However, the Israelites failed to remember God’s faithfulness as only one generation remained faithful after Joshua’s death.

While we don’t necessarily use physical stones to tell the story of God’s faithfulness, we can set up stones for the next generation to remember. When we pray with children, we provide a memory of how we depend on God to meet our needs. When we read God’s word with children, they will be reminded of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises. When we obey what the Lord commands in front of children, this is a reminder of how He rewards those who keep His precepts.

Our stones to remember set the precedent for the next generation. We live in a world filled with hate, confusion, and disillusionment with God and everything that represents good. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are either part of the problem or the solution. Our children will ask us about the hate—if we respond with hatred in our hearts—that is what they will remember. However, if we respond with what is in God’s word and live up to what we know is truth—this is what they will remember and carry with them to the next generation.

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One day we will move from this life to the next as parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, teachers, mentors, etc. What stones to remember will we leave this generation?

Prayer

Dear Lord, I want to leave a legacy of faith to those You’ve placed around me. Help me to leave stones to remember about Your grace and faithfulness to the next generation. Amen.

In His Service,

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