For the next three days, Rev. Robby Richardson will be blogging. Robby is the son of New York Yankee legend, Bobby Richardson, and is the son-in-law of the late Pastor Bill Raws. Robby served on the staff at America’s Keswick and now serves a church in Michigan.
Passing the Faith Along
He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’” (Joshua 4: 21-22 NIV)
Joshua chapter 3 records for us the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River that brings the children of Israel into the Promised Land and confirms, both for Joshua and for the nation of Israel, that God is honoring His promise to be with Joshua in the same way that He was with Moses.
Part of God’s instruction to Joshua was to have twelve men, one from each tribe of Israel, choose a stone from the dry river bed and bring it over into their new home. Joshua had these twelve stones set up as a memorial at Gilgal, the place that was to serve as Israel’s “base camp” for their conquest of the land of Canaan.
There were several purposes for these stones. They were to remind the people of what God had done and to keep them aware of the power of God. They were to serve as a message to those around so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful (4: 24). They were also to serve as a “teachable moment” for future generations, an historic touch point to God’s faithfulness in the past and a pointer to God’s faithfulness in the future.
What “memorial stones” are you building into your life and the life of your family? Where can your children look to see the reality of how God has worked in your life? If your faith is real and growing, it will show up in ways that will be visible to those around you. Let’s make sure that we are passing along a vital faith with a living Savior, not a “philosophy of life” that is distant and ethereal. Rev. Robby Richardson
Quote of the day: This year, let us ask God to dissolve all our hopes into a single hope: to know Christ and to be found in Him. May this be a year of desire radically transformed, a deeper, truer, knowing of Christ as our All-Sufficient One. Elisabeth Elliot
Verse to Memorize: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7