Memorial Stones

When it was time for the Israelites to leave the desert and cross over into the land that God had promised them, He called Joshua to be the one who would lead the people across the Jordan River. After everyone had safely crossed the river, God instructed Joshua to pick one man from each of the twelve tribes to go to the middle of the river and select a large stone from the river bottom and take that stone with them to the place where they would camp for the night.

Now, a pile of rocks may not seem like much, unless you know the whole story. Before they set out on their journey, God told Joshua that as soon as the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant touched the water, the flow of the water would be cut off and the people would cross the river on dry ground.

We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6–7

It’s probably safe to say that none of us will be asked to lead a nation across a river on dry ground. But we do have our own stories to tell, our memorials of how God has worked in our lives. It’s our job to make the story of God known to our world. We have only one thing of eternal value to pass along to our children, to others, to the next generation. That is the good news that Jesus Christ loves them and died for them so they can be set free of their sins.

Questions & Applications

What has happened in your life that could serve as a memorial to the power of God? Who can you tell about it?


Father, Thank You that You had Joshua build a memorial of stone to remind us of Your greatness; that you chose to leave a visible reminder of who You are. Your Word tells us that we should live our lives in such a way that You are visible in us to the world around us. Help us live our lives as living memorials to You so that others may come to know You. Amen.