TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
“The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.”
Joshua 4:19-20 (ESV)
REMEMBER GOD DELIVERS
An old lady went to a tombstone-cutter’s office to order a stone for her husband’s grave. After explaining that all she wanted was a small one with no frills, she told him to put the words, “To My Husband” in a suitable place. When the stone was delivered, to her horror she saw this inscription: “To My Husband–In a Suitable Place.” Typically, tombstones help us remember special things about people who were special to us. This was not what she had in mind.
God wanted His people to remember how He delivered them. The are two places mentioned in Joshua 4:19-20 that represent two parts of our deliverance. In Joshua 4:19, the children of Israel “came up out of the Jordan” from a lower place to a higher one. The crossing of the “Jordan” River illustrates beautifully our present inheritance in Christ. They went from wandering in the wilderness to living in The Promised Land. The Promised Land is full of privileges to be enjoyed by all born again believers.
The other reminder of God’s deliverance was “Gilgal.” In Joshua 5:9 “the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’ And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.” The word Gilgal in Hebrew means to “roll away.” God not only forgave their sin, He also rolled away the shame.
What is your “Gilgal?” What is the sin God has forgiven you of and the shame He has rolled away? The only reason we should remember that sin is to remember just how much God loves us and how big His grace is. If you haven’t already, accept God’s forgiveness and let Him also roll away the shame.