WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30
And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up for us until we passed over,”
Joshua 4:21-23 (ESV)
REMEMBER TEACHABLE MOMENTS
Joshua said, “When your children ask.” It’s not a question of “if” but “when.” There comes a point in the life of children when they begin to ask spiritual questions.
A young boy was in a church service with his grandfather. Full of curiosity, the boy kept asking, “What does that mean?” Grandpa quietly explained everything that was going on. When the minister began his sermon, he took off his watch and placed it on the podium. The boy whispered, “What does that mean”? Grandpa, who had heard many long sermons that sent the service into overtime, answered, “Not a thing, sonny. Not a thing.”
In Joshua 4, Joshua knew there would come a time when kids would want to know what the stone altar meant. And it was the parents responsibility to teach them about the mercy and ways of God. The sad thing was in Judges 2:10 there arose a generation that did not know God. The adults had dropped the ball in seizing those teachable moments.
Divine appointments are opportunities God gives us to be used to share His love and His truth with someone else. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” When’s the last time you sensed a divine opportunity to teach someone about God? Pray and ask God to help you better recognize those teachable moments.