7 times in the book of Joshua we learn that Joshua set up standing stones as a memorial to the power of God at work in their midst. The first time is in Joshua 4. The Israelites have just crossed over the Jordan River. Like the Red Sea, the Lord parted the waters of the Jordan and the people crossed on dry ground while the Levitical priests stood amidst the Jordan. Once they passed over, Joshua appointed a man from each of the tribes of Israel to collect 12 stones out of the river where the priests stood. They set up the stones at Gilgal as a memorial forever (Josh. 4:7, 20). Joshua told the people of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in times to come, what do these stones mean?" then you should let the children know, Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground so that all the people of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever." (Josh. 4:21-24)
This passage reminds us to look back at the faithfulness of our God. As we have journeyed through the Call to Worship project, we have seen God prove His faithfulness time and time again. Remember and never neglect to tell the story of God's faithfulness to the generations coming behind us.
This passage also reminds us to know the hand of the LORD is mighty. From Bethel's earliest days, we have prayed that God's good hand would be upon this fellowship; that by His power and might men, women, and children would see, hear, and respond the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Take just a moment this today to thank God for His work in our midst and pray for His continued power and favor to rest upon our precious fellowship!