Friday, June 1, 2012

historical markers


In our lives there are all kinds of markers that we come across and all kinds of markers that we leave.  We even leave marks on the people we know and deal with.  Some of those are positive and some negative.

Historical markers remind us of what happened in the places where the markers are put.  God tells his leaders in the Bible to establish markers or build them, and they were to be a memorial for others.  We teach others about God by sharing where we have been and what God has done.

Joshua called out the twelve men whom he selected from the People of Israel, one man from each tribe. Joshua directed them, "Cross to the middle of the Jordan and take your place in front of the Chest of god, your God. Each of you heft a stone to your shoulder, a stone for each of the tribes of the People of Israel, so you'll have something later to mark the occasion. When your children ask you, 'What are these stones to you?' you'll say, 'The flow of the Jordan was stopped in front of the Chest of the Covenant of god as it crossed the Jordan—stopped in its tracks. These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.'"

God’s people experienced things often that only God could do.  In the Old Testament there is story after story of all God did to protect and guide His people.  In the New Testament there were people around Jesus and around the apostles that experienced happenings that few could explain.

Those experiences could not be refuted because they were personal experience and testimonies.  We can and must use the stories in our lives and things God does to teach others, especially our children, about God’s character and His work.

God isn’t done.  He is still putting up historical markers.  The best God gives is not only for the past.  His best is coming to our futures, yet our past and what God has done will remind us and guide us to the places we will see and learn more.

Tell the people around you about the spiritual markers in your life.  God will work even more.  Lets point others totally to God.

And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

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