Times of refreshing …

Joshua 4:1-24
‘These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel for ever’ (7). When, in the future, the question was asked, ‘What do these stones mean?'(6), Israel would remember what the Lord had done for them (23). Knowing that ‘the hand of the Lord is mighty’, they would be strengthened to face their difficulties with confidence in God. Rejoicing in what the Lord has done – ‘This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes’ – , they would learn to ‘fear the Lord their God for ever’ (24; Psalm 118:23). Israel remembered. We must remember. When you’re going through a hard time, don’t forget – to remember! God has been good to you. He has blessed you. When God seems so far away, remember – and pray that, once again, ‘times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord’ (Acts 3:19).

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