This week’s devo is from Eduardo, our ‘Missionary In Residence’. Eduardo and Marthina serve Word of Life Ministries in Porto Alegre along side Thomas and Agnes. They are staying with us until late June. If you want to know more, check them out here.
A day to celebrate and remember!
Today Marthina and I celebrate our 9th anniversary! We are really glad and we praise God for these blessed years that He has given us! We rejoice remembering how much God has touched our lives and the story that God is telling through our lives.
Having a day to celebrate and remember is not exclusive to us on this side of the hemisphere. The people of Israel had seven feasts instituted by God – Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles – to celebrate and remember what He has done. God even commanded the people to teach their children to celebrate and remember every aspect of their lives as they lived linked with God and His Word.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NIV)
I love how God commanded Joshua to make this concept visible for the entire nation in Joshua 4.
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” 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?’ 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 4:1-7 NIV)
Everybody can look back on their life and see the awesome things God has done, just like the people of Israel. God performed many miracles for His people and they would forget and go away from Him. As human beings we seem to have a huge problem remembering what God has done. This is why we need to build memorials. The more we celebrate and remember God’s work in our lives, the closer we will be to Him.
What miracles is God doing in your life right now? What do you have to celebrate and make a memorial? Health, family, friends, job, prayers answered, life in community and at the church?
Inside our busy lives, we will have times where we say – I can’t handle it anymore, this is impossible, there is no solution for that, if I could only get well. We will have stress in our marriage, kids, work, and finances. If you are going through one of these situations, it is time to remember what God has done in the past and having these memorials along the way is a huge help in this. This is why it is important to build memorials celebrating what God has done. So when times get tough, we will have memorials to help us remember what God has done.
So, if you are in a time to celebrate, I’d like to invite you to grab a stone and build a memorial.
If you are in a time of hardship, I would encourage you to remember what He has already done.