A Rock of Remembrance

By Todd Hill

If you enter the youth room now, you will see a big rock. At the moment it is silver. The color might change. You might wonder, “Why is this big silver rock in the youth room?” I hope you ask that question!

In Joshua chapter 4, the Israelites have just finished wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. The leadership transition from Moses to Joshua has taken place, and Joshua has just led the people across the Jordan River –on DRY land! It was an amazing miracle! Just as the priests brought the Ark of the Covenant up out of the river, Joshua gave the people a strange command. “Take rocks out of the river!” Huh?

Why would he need them to take rocks out of the river? “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’” (Joshua 4:21) Why in the world would the Israelites ever need to have a pile of rocks in order to remember to tell their children about walking across the Jordan on dry ground? Who could ever possibly forget to tell everyone and anyone such an unforgettable, life-altering experience? Apparently the Israelites! And the New Life Dresher Youth! And Me!

God has really blessed the NLD youth ministry. We have seen Him do some really cool things this year. In a matter of 20 minutes, we were able to list a page full of God’s cool provision for us this year. Guess where that list is going? Yep, on the rock! If God knows we are going to forget what He has done, and we know we are going to forget what He has done, then like Joshua suggested, maybe a rock will help us remember!

Why is remembering so important? Think about it: The Israelites had been wandering for 40 years and now the “insurmountable” Jordan River was standing in the way of them getting to God’s Promised Land. Once again, they found themselves needing to be rescued! And then God showed up and made a way –a dry path through a massive river. When Jesus tells us in Luke 22 that each time we drink the cup and eat the bread to remember Him, He is once again giving us a rock of remembrance! We like the Israelites are people in need of rescue, and Jesus has made a way! When we daily remember His rescue, we have faith and confidence each time we approach our “Jordan River” that God continues to provide a way for us in the Person of Jesus! Maybe everybody needs a rock!