In Joshua chapter 4, as the people of Israel are crossing the Jordan River into the promised land, God instructs them to place twelve stones by the river where they crossed to commemorate the event, so that the story of what God had done would be told to future generations. In a way, all of Scripture functions as a monument to the character and works of God. As we read, we are compelled to remember the ways that He has worked in the past, and we are reminded that we serve the same God today.
It is plain throughout the Bible that God values remembrance. He instituted the feast of Passover to remind the Israelites of how He brought them out of Egypt. He created the practice of communion to remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. There are countless other examples of these reminders that God gives us to remember the things that He has done.
Thus, it follows that this is a good practice to adopt in our own lives. There should always be times when we can make space to remember the ways that God has been working. This is a faith-strengthening exercise, because when we consider how God has provided for us in the past, it gives us greater confidence that He will continue to do the same things in the future.
Additionally, it is often impossible to see what God is doing with a particular circumstance while we are in the middle of it. However, once we come out the other side, our vision becomes clearer. Looking back, we are then able to see the things we may have missed before. So, if this is not something you are already doing, find some time regularly to look back and check out what God has been doing in your life. It might surprise you. This Thanksgiving season, walk past those twelve stones by the Jordan River again and be reminded of the goodness of God.