Joshua 4:6-7 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever.
Never allow an occasion in which God has done wonders in your life to go by unrecognized and uncelebrated; this is one of the principles that the Bible teaches. Several examples of this permeate the scriptures, including Joshua 4:6-7. When the Children of Israel miraculously crossed the overflowing Jordan they were instructed to take 12 stones out of the river to set up as a memorial so that future generations do not forget what God had done.
Jacob memorialized God’s goodness when God showed up in his vision with angels ascending and descending and reaffirmed the promise that he would give his seed the land of Canaan, among other things. Jacob commemorated the visit of God by converting the stone that he slept on to an altar and committed to give God a tenth of what he received (Genesis 28:22). To celebrate the fact that the Lord fed the Children of Israel supernaturally with Manna while in the wilderness, they were required by God to retain a jar with Manna to show future generations. The message behind these examples is that the goodness of God must be memorialized and celebrated.
What was observed from the above mentioned examples was that in some cases God’s goodness was divinely mandated and in others it was not as in the case of Jacob. That means that even if God did not give you a specific instruction like the Children of Israel, his goodness should always be remembered and celebrated. There are two reasons the goodness of God must always be celebrated. First, it helps to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Expressing gratitude to God for past victories will create a memory in God’s mind that moves him to give you victory in future battles. Second, memorializing what God has done in the past helps to keep our faith and confidence in God strong. This was the primary reason God instructed the Children of Israel to do what they did when they crossed the Jordan, so that they could maintain a constant memory of what He had done and maintain strong faith in him.
Put up pictures and symbols in your environment to remind you constantly of what God has done in addition to establishing acts of worship to celebrate his goodness.
Lord, I celebrate you for all that you have done for me. May I never take for granted all that you have done. I thank you Lord for being a good father. In Jesus name, amen.