Victory Monuments

There is nothing like Joshua 4 in all the Bible. One man, from each of the tribes of Israel, carried a stone on their shoulders. They took them out of the Jordan while the priests stood in the middle on dry land. The reason? Verse 6 says, “That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, What do these stones mean to you?”


Verse 17 says that Joshua commanded the priests to come up from the Jordan. Verse 18 says, “And it came to pass…the soles of the priests’ feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.” Marvelous testimony that nothing is an obstacle to the Lord, and that He is in control of all things at all times. Think about the Jericho sentinels that watched God at work.


Do you journal? I started seriously journaling in 1976. I had heard a radio broadcast by David Maines. He talked about writing down the things the Lord was doing. It was to document His intervention as something to look back on when we needed encouragement.


Habakkuk 2:1 says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.” I use this verse as a faith statement in my quiet time. My pen is poised to write.

Verse 2 says, “…Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” I write down verses that the Holy Spirit highlights in my daily reading. I ask questions and write the answers. I record His miraculous interventions. I also use my journal as a workbook when I am studying words and what their application means to me.


I encourage you to build your memorial stones through your journaling. Joshua 4:21-24 was the reason God had them carry out the 12 stones and build a memorial. Verse 24 says, “That all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”


Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” For me, journaling keeps me on track. The Holy Spirit will take me back to an insight and point to that memorial stone as a reminder of God’s past and present work in my life. It is a journal of my journey of progressive sanctification.

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