This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Joshua 4) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: The book of Joshua is a story of war and peace. In the first 12 chapters the people of Israel conquer their Promised Land (Canaan). There are 3 military campaigns and they defeat more than 30 enemy armies. Joshua is their new leader and he is strong and courageous. The people learn that victory comes through trusting in the Lord rather than military might. In the final 12 chapters peace reigns as the people divide up their new homeland.
After the nation crosses the Jordan river on dry ground, Joshua builds a special memorial so the people won’t forget what God has done for them.
Ask the children…
What did Joshua build as a memorial and what was the memorial supposed to cause people to do?
“It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River.21 Then Joshua said to the Israelites, ‘In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’'” (Joshua 4:20,21)
What were the people supposed to tell their children that these stones mean?
“Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea[c] when he dried it up until we had all crossed over.” (Joshua 4:22, 23)
We so easily forgot what God has done for us. We are so focused ont the problem at hand, that we don’t think back on the faithfulness of God through the years. The Israelites were no different. Particularly the children who had not traveled in the desert or crossed the Jordan on dry ground. They needed a memorial to remind them. Their everlasting memorial were these 12 stones taken from the middle of the Jordan river.
Ask your children if there are any memorials around your house that remind them of God’s faithfulness? These could be photos, crosses, could be your house or car or something else where God provided miraculously. Maybe you could build a memorial together. Take some time to remember God’s faithfulness for your family and praise Him for it.
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