And the children
of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the
midst of the Jordan, as the LORD had spoken to Joshua, according to the number
of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the
place where they lodged, and laid them down there. (Joshua 4:8)
Spiritual memory is crucial in the Christian life. Do you vividly recall
times when you know God spoke to you? It would be tragic if, in your haste to
advance in your Christian faith, you neglected to leave spiritual markers at
the key crossroads of your life. Without the help of these markers, you will
lose your spiritual bearings.
The Israelites experienced a tumultuous pilgrimage. Their doubt that God
was powerful enough to give them victory cost them forty years of wandering in
the wilderness. Then God miraculously parted the waters of the Jordan River so
they could pass over and continue their conquest. God knew that at times the
Israelites would face intimidating enemies and would need a reminder that He
was powerful enough to protect them. The Israelites might be tempted to think
they made a mistake entering Canaan. For this reason God instructed them to
build a monument on the banks of the Jordan River. Whenever they returned to
this spot, they would see the monument and be reminded of God’s awesome power.
This marker would give them confidence to meet the new challenges they faced.
A spiritual marker identifies a time of decision when you clearly know
that God guided you. Can you remember the moment you became a child of God?
Were there specific times when He called you to His ways of living? Can you
point to times when He clearly guided you in a decision? Were there times when
He spoke powerfully to you about a commitment you should make? Keep track of
these important moments! Regularly rehearse them and notice the steady
progression in the way God has led you. This will help you understand God’s
activity in your life and give you a sense of direction as you face future